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China Sky (1945)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, War | 16 May 1945 (USA)
The conflicts of war-torn China are reflected in miniature within an American mission hospital.

Director:

Ray Enright

Writers:

Brenda Weisberg (screen play), Joseph Hoffman (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Dr. Gray Thompson
Ruth Warrick ... Dr. Sara Durand
Ellen Drew ... Louise Thompson
Anthony Quinn ... Chen-Ta
Carol Thurston ... Siu-Mei
Richard Loo ... Col. Yasuda
'Ducky' Louie 'Ducky' Louie ... Little Goat
Philip Ahn ... Dr. Kim
Benson Fong ... Chung
H.T. Tsiang H.T. Tsiang ... Magistrate
Chin Kuang Chow Chin Kuang Chow ... Little Charlie
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In a hill city of war-torn China, the American mission hospital is run by Dr. Gray Thompson and Dr. Sara Durand, who secretly loves him. Then Gray comes back from the USA with new equipment ...and new wife Louise, who is jealous of Sara, shows herself a coward in the first Japanese air raid, and wants to take Gray back to the States. Others have similar troubles; and Japanese prisoner Colonel Yasuda manipulates them for his own ends. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Flame into conflict ... in the hearts of an American doctor, the woman he married and the girl who loves him ... amid the devastation of daily bombings !

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Adventure | Drama | War

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Trivia

According to the date on the telegram Dr. Durand receives near the beginning of the film, this story starts in October of 1938. See more »

Goofs

The Japanese used no Airborne troops in China during World War II. They only had three battalions of para-marines that were used in Indochina (Southeast Asia, Viet Nam, Cambodia, etc.) on a very limited basis as airborne troops; but did participate in several landings. See more »

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Jingle Bells
(uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont
Sung by the children
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Engaging, but a little too predictable war melodrama.
23 April 2010 | by Clothes-OffSee all my reviews

Randolph Scott gets top billing, but ultimately this is Ruth Warrick's picture. She's a doctor holding together a makeshift hospital in China while its founder (Scott) is on his way back with much needed supplies--and a new wife, to her thinly-veiled disappointment. Having seen Warrick in a few other 1940s films, I can understand why the doc failed to notice her: despite her attractiveness, she never really exuded any sex appeal. But her character is very likable, while the new wife's shallowness becomes apparent within minutes of her entrance. And that's the problem with this picture--too easy. In fact, all it does is lower the audience's opinion of the foolish doctor for not seeing what's painfully apparent even to the other character's who don't speak the language. There's a similar subplot involving another doctor and a nurse, that's equally obvious. A wounded Japanese villain provides more action for the story, whose loose ends get tied up all too neatly and quickly. Either Pearl S. Buck's original novel just wasn't one of her better ones, or this movie doesn't do it justice. Nevertheless, it probably made for a decent lead-in on a double-feature back in the day.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 May 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pearl S. Buck's China Sky See more »

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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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