Director: John Farrow Cast: Loretta Young, Alan Ladd, William Bendix


Set in Japanese-occupied China shortly before the bombing of Pearl Harbor, this action/drama stars Alan Ladd as Mr. Jones, a cynically materialistic American who has no qualms about selling oil to the enemy; as far as he's concerned, their money spends as well as anyone's. Against the advice of his friend and partner Johnny Sparrow (William Bendix), Jones heads to Shanghai to negotiate a sale with representatives of the Japanese government. En route, Jones and Sparrow are caught in a massive rainstorm that leaves the roads all but impossible to navigate; the yanks are also stopped by Chinese guerilla troops, who force them to take on a group of schoolgirls and their instructor, an American named Carolyn Grant (Loretta Young). Between the patriotic Carolyn, the Chinese schoolgirls, and a baby that Sparrow rescued from the side of the road, Jones has a lot more going on than he's used to dealing with, but the situation forces him to take a long, hard look at his personal politics. When he discovers that one of the girls was brutally raped by Japanese soldiers after she tried to return to her family, Jones decides he can no longer stand alongside the Japanese and kills the three soldiers responsible. This was one of a small number of pro-China films made in the United States during World War II, when the two countries had a mutual enemy in Japan; however, a few years down the line, Hollywood's attitude towards China would be markedly different.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/10/1997
UPC: 0096898315036
Original Release: 1943
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Loretta Young Carolyn Grant
Alan Ladd Mr. Jones
William Bendix Johnny Sparrow
Philip Ahn First Brother-Lin Cho
Iris Wong Kwan Su
Marianne Quon Tan Ying
Jessie Tai Sing Student
Victor Sen Yung Third Brother-Lin Wei
Richard Loo Lin Yun
Ching Wah Lee Chang Teh
Soo Yong Tai Shen
Bruce Wong Aide to Capt. Tao-Yuan-Kai
Tala Birell Woman
Barbara Jean Wong Nan Ti
Chester Gan Japanese General

Technical Credits
John Farrow Director
Richard Blumenthal Producer
Frank R. Butler Screenwriter
Farciot Edouart Cinematographer
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
Leo Tover Cinematographer
Edna Warren Editor
Victor Young Score Composer

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