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China Doll (1958)

Approved | | Drama, War, Romance | 3 December 1958 (USA)
American pilot Cliff Brandon, fighting the Japanese in China, finds himself the unintentional "owner" of a Chinese housekeeper, Shu-Jen. The unlikely couple falls in love and marries, but not without tragedy brought on by the war.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Kitty Buhler (screenplay), James Benson Nablo (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Mature ... Capt. Cliff Brandon
Li Hua Li ... Shu-Jen
Ward Bond ... Father Cairns
Bob Mathias ... Capt. Phil Gates
Johnny Desmond ... Sgt. Steve Hill
Stuart Whitman ... Lt. Dan O'Neill
Elaine Devry ... Alice Nichols (as Elaine Curtis)
Ann McCrea Ann McCrea ... Mona Perkins
Danny Chang Danny Chang ... Ellington
Denver Pyle ... Col. Wiley
Don 'Red' Barry ... MSgt. Hal Foster (as Donald Barry)
Tige Andrews ... Cpl. Carlo Menotti
Steve Mitchell Steve Mitchell ... Dave Reisner
Ken Perry Ken Perry ... Sgt. Ernie Fleming
Ann Paige Ann Paige ... Sally
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Storyline

In China gruff Air Force captain Cliff Brandon wakes up after a night of drinking to discover he has purchased the housekeeping services of comely, young Shu-Jen from her father. Disappointed by Cliff's insistence on staying out late in bars, Shu-Jen leaves for home when Cliff, made aware that she is carrying her child, finds her and marries her in a delightful traditional Chinese ceremony. Happy days are spent as Shu-Jen and her infant daughter join Cliff at a forward base until Cliff, returning from a supply-drop mission, hears the base is under attack by Japanese bombers. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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pilot | china | captain | air force | asian | See All (22) »

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From Kunming to Calcutta...from the Himalayas to Hell...Of the Sky Devil...And his Fiery, Fragile China Doll! See more »

Genres:

Drama | War | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Chinese

Release Date:

3 December 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frank Borzage's China Doll See more »

Filming Locations:

Saugus, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Frank Borzage and Victor Mature set up a production company but this was the only movie they made together. See more »

Goofs

China Burma India (CBI) patch is on the wrong sleeve for a few of the actors - should always be on the left sleeve. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Way We Live (1959) See more »

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Words and Music by 'By' Dunham (as By Dunham) and Henry Vars
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It was awright, I guess
9 April 2003 | by BLG-2See all my reviews

I agree that it was touching in spots, downright sad in others, but what really spoiled it for me was the fact that the leading man and lady weren't able to kiss because of the race issue. That made it seem very stilted and unbelievable. Just when did they throw out the ban on interracial kissing, anyway?


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