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The General Died at Dawn (1936)

Amid the anarchy of China, an American mercenary tangles with a ruthless warlord.

Director:

Lewis Milestone

Writers:

Clifford Odets (screen play), Charles G. Booth (based on a story by)
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gary Cooper ... O'Hara
Madeleine Carroll ... Judy Perrie
Akim Tamiroff ... Gen. Yang
Dudley Digges ... Mr. Wu
Porter Hall ... Peter Perrie
William Frawley ... Brighton
J.M. Kerrigan ... Leach
Philip Ahn ... Oxford
Lee Tung Foo Lee Tung Foo ... Mr. Chen (as Lee Tung-Foo)
Leonid Kinskey ... Stewart
Val Duran Val Duran ... Wong
Willie Fung ... Bartender
Hans Fuerberg ... Yang's Military Advisor (as Hans Furberg)
John O'Hara John O'Hara ... Newspaper Reporter on Train
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Storyline

In revolution-torn China, American mercenary O'Hara is entrusted with a perilous mission, to get arms for the helpless authorities in a province ravaged by warlord General Yang. On the train to Shanghai, he meets Judy Perrie, whose father is in league with Yang. Will Judy regret agreeing to lure O'Hara to his doom, and if so, can she make it up to him? The balance of power seesaws to a perilous conclusion. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Gary goes to town for the best looking girl in China !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 October 1936 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Chinese Gold See more »

Filming Locations:

China See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Future novelist John O'Hara made his only acting appearance as a reporter on a train. Twenty-two years later Gary Cooper would star in the screen adaptation of O'Hara's novel Ten North Frederick (1958). See more »

Goofs

While arguing with Peter, Judy slams a book down on the desk. A couple of other books on the corner of the desk disappear in a later scene. See more »

Quotes

O'Hara: You ask me why I'm for oppressed people? Because I've got a background of oppression myself, and O'Haras and elephants never forget.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits all appear on the sails of boats. See more »

Connections

Referenced in M*A*S*H: The General Flipped at Dawn (1974) See more »

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Hollywod At Its Very Best
25 December 2004 | by fairbSee all my reviews

There are better films than The General Died at Dawn; however, there are few films that make so much out of so little. The story itself is little more than fond manipulation of Asian stereotypes. Yet Lewis Milestone takes the material and in his hands, it becomes a cinematic jewel. Watch how the round features of a minor Chinese actor becomes a doorknob and then a billiard ball. Note how multi-imaging creates a visual record of the story being told. Watch how the stylized performances of Cooper and Carroll are used as foil for the larger-than-life storyline.

Sure, there are better films than this. But there are very few better entertainments - a concept that Hollywood lost years ago and which is only now infiltrating the thick skulls of TV land.


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