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The Bitter Tea of General Yen
Not Rated
88 minutes
Drama
1932

Frank Capra's only all-out attempt to make what he called "an art film" was one of his few box-office flops, despite earning a place in history as the film that opened the Radio City Music Hall in New York. Dealing with the then-touchy subject of miscegenation, it stars Barbara Stanwyck (in the last of her four Columbia films with Capra) as a woman arriving in China to marry her missionary fiance. But it's a time of great upheaval, and she's kidnapped by a ruthless warlord (Nils Asther) who's very attracted to her. Stunningly photographed by Joseph Walker, this is a haunting, dream-like movie that is indeed unlike almost everything else Capra ever made. The cast also includes Toshia Mori, Gavin Gordon, Lucien Littlefield, and Walter Connolly, brilliantly cast against type as a renegade American gun-runner.

Cast
Barbara Stanwyck
Megan Davis
Nils Asther
Gen. Yen
Toshia Mori
Mah-Li
Walter Connolly
Jones
Gavin Gordon
Dr. Robert 'Bob' Strike
Lucien Littlefield
Mr. Jacobson
Director
Frank Capra
Writer
From the story by Grace Zaring Stone; Screenplay by Edward E. Paramore Jr.
Facts
Country USA
Language English/Mandarin
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