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Dragon Seed (1944)

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The lives of a small Chinese village are turned Upside down when the Japanese invade it. And heroic young Chinese woman leads her fellow villagers in an uprising against Japanese Invaders.

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Pearl S. Buck (novel), Marguerite Roberts (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Katharine Hepburn ... Jade Tan
Walter Huston ... Ling Tan
Aline MacMahon ... Ling Tan's Wife
Akim Tamiroff ... Wu Lien
Turhan Bey ... Lao Er Tan - Middle Son
Hurd Hatfield ... Lao San Tan - Youngest Son
J. Carrol Naish ... Japanese Kitchen Overseer
Agnes Moorehead ... Third Cousin's Wife
Henry Travers ... Third Cousin
Robert Bice ... Lao Ta Tan - Eldest Son
Robert Lewis ... Capt. Sato
Frances Rafferty ... Orchid Tan - Lao Ta's Wife
Jacqueline deWit ... Wu Lien's Wife
Clarence Lung Clarence Lung ... Fourth Cousin
Paul E. Burns ... Shen - Neighbor
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Storyline

Ling Tang and his family live on his prosperous farm in rural Southern China and have not yet felt the impact of the Japanese invasion in the North. Tang's two oldest sons, Lao Ta Tan and Lao Er Tan are married and hard working while youngest son Lao San Tan remains a free spirit. Er's wife Jade is also willfully unconventional and desires to exercises her literacy skills by reading books, a most unfeminine practice in 1930's China. Tang's only daughter is married to Wu Lien, a city merchant who profits from selling Japanese goods. When the dreaded invasion reaches their village, the family is scattered as the sons join the resistance while Wu Lien survives by collaborating with the enemy. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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M-G-M's immortal production of the great novel

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La estirpe del dragón See more »

Filming Locations:

Calabasas, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White (Sepiatone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

MGM announced that Keye Luke was cast as a "Student Lecturer" and can be seen when the students ransack Wu Lien's shop and he speaks to the crowd. See more »

Quotes

Lao Er Tan - Middle Son: I do not have the words.
Jade Tan: I am not very learned.
Lao Er Tan - Middle Son: Is that why you do not often speak to me?
Jade Tan: Two must speak for understanding.
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Katharine Hepburn (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Chee Lai
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Sung by Eugene Dorian and Wong Artarne as part of the score
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A Great Surprise
12 February 2004 | by homeone777See all my reviews

While surfing through the movie listings trying to pass some time I came across Dragon Seed. I saw the date (1944) and the summary and thought that this would be another war-time morale type movie. That type of film has always been good to watch so I tuned in. I was very surprised. The film had a wonderful story with very good acting even though a bit stoic. I discounted the Chinese makeup and the non-Asian actors so they were not a factor in my enjoyment. The movie went far beyond the standard war era gung-ho film. The feelings of the times and the people came through wonderfully. I would like to see it again to catch subtle things that I know I missed the first time. It was a wonderful way to spend my time.


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