Oil for the Lamps of China

Oil for the Lamps of China

Pat O'Brien
Director: Mervyn LeRoy Cast: Pat O'Brien
Pat O'Brien
, Josephine Hutchinson
Josephine Hutchinson
, Jean Muir
Jean Muir
Mervyn LeRoy

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This drama about corporate treachery was based on the best-selling novel by Alice Tisdale Hobart. Stephen Chase (Pat O'Brien) is a salesman and inventor with an American oil company who is sent to China to reach that nation's untapped market. While Stephen is often told that his company looks after their own and he's selflessly devoted to his job, it becomes evident with time that they're treating him with disrespect. After his fiancée leaves him, Stephen marries a woman he's only just met, Hester (Josephine Hutchinson), because he's already arranged to bring a wife to China. Stephen has designed a new kerosene lamp for the Chinese market, but his rival Swaley (William B. Davidson) is given credit for the product. When Stephen is transferred to another part of China, he accepts even though his wife is expecting a baby; the physical toll of the journey causes Hester to lose the child. Stephen and Hester become close to another American couple, Don and Alice Wellman (John Eldredge and Jean Muir), but when Stephen is ordered to fire Don, he unhesitatingly agrees. After communist forces nationalize the oil firm's holdings, Stephen risks his life to protect $15,000 in company funds. But when he is released from the hospital, Stephen learns that instead of being rewarded, he's been demoted -- and another man was promoted in his place.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/17/2010
UPC: 0883316271964
Original Release: 1935
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 41,402

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pat O'Brien Stephen Chase
Josephine Hutchinson Hester Chase
Jean Muir Alice Wellman
Lyle Talbot Jim
John Eldredge Don Wellman
Arthur Byron No. 1 Boss
Donald Crisp MacCargar
Henry O'Neill Hartford
Willie Fung Kim
George Meeker Kendall
Edward McWade Dan
A.S. Byron Ross
Ronnie Cosbey Bunsy
Joseph Crehan Clements
William B. Davidson Swaley
Florence Fair Miss Cunningham
Bess Flowers Actor
Samuel S. Hinds George
George S. Irving Man
Tetsu Komai Ho
Lotus Liu Secretary
Keye Luke Young Chinese
Miki Morita Japanese Tailor
Cyril Ring Graves
Willard Robertson Speaker
Christian Rub Dr. Jorgen
Teru Shimada Japanese Proprietor

Technical Credits
Mervyn LeRoy Director
William B. Clemens Editor
Laird Doyle Screenwriter
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Tony Gaudio Cinematographer
Robert M. Haas Art Director
Alice Tisdale Hobart Screenwriter
Robert Lord Producer
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer

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