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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... See more »

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Capt. Cliff Brandon
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Shu-Jen
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Father Cairns
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Capt. Phil Gates
Johnny Desmond ...
Sgt. Steve Hill
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Lt. Dan O'Neill
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Alice Nichols (as Elaine Curtis)
Ann McCrea ...
Mona Perkins
Danny Chang ...
Ellington
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Col. Wiley
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MSgt. Hal Foster (as Donald Barry)
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Cpl. Carlo Menotti
Steve Mitchell ...
Dave Reisner
Ken Perry ...
Sgt. Ernie Fleming
Ann Paige ...
Sally
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Airman
Barry O'Hara
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Tita Aragon ...
Shiao-Mee Brandon (uncredited)
Bill White Jr. ...
Forsyth - Flying Tiger (uncredited)

Directed by

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Frank Borzage

Written by

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Kitty Buhler ... (screenplay)
 
James Benson Nablo ... (story) and
Thomas F. Kelly ... (story)

Produced by

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Frank Borzage ... producer
Robert E. Morrison ... associate producer
Victor Mature ... producer (uncredited)
John Wayne ... producer (uncredited)

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Henry Vars

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William H. Clothier ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Jack Murray

Art Direction by

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Howard Richmond

Set Decoration by

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Jack Mills

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Layne Britton ... makeup supervisor
Lillian Ugrin ... hair stylist

Production Management

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Gordon B. Forbes ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Lew Borzage ... assistant director
Al Murphy ... second assistant director

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Richard Siegel ... property master

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Earl Crain Sr. ... sound

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Dave Koehler ... special effects (as David Koehler)

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Fred Carson ... stunt coordinator (uncredited) / stunt double: Victor Mature (uncredited)

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Angela Alexander ... costumer
Wesley Jeffries ... costumer

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Henry Vars ... conductor

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Dale E. Bell ... technical advisor (as Lt. Col. Dale E. Bell)
Catalina Lawrence ... script supervisor

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines From Kunming to Calcutta ... from the Himalayas to hell ... it splits the China skies with its thunder ! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Time is a Memory (United States)
  • Frank Borzage's China Doll (United States)
  • Muñeca de porcelana (Spain)
  • Idän ruusu (Finland)
  • Bonequinha Chinesa (Brazil)
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  • 99 min
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Trivia The female lead actress Li li hua nicknamed "Evergreen Tree" was the biggest star of the Chiness film industry during the 50s and 60s mostly working in Hong Kong. During an interview in the 90s, she admitted that she refused to do the kissing scene that was highly publicized in the news but not because she has the right in the contract. She said she cannot stand the strong onion smell of the lead actor's mouth. Li li hua passed away on 20 March 2017 at the age of 92. 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 »
Movie Connections Referenced in The Way We Live (1959). See more »
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