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Java Head (1934)

The port city of Bristol, England, in the 1800s is home to Java Head, a sailing ship line company. The owner has two sons. One, a handsome seafarer, is in love with a local girl, but cannot... See full summary »

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J. Walter Ruben

Writers:

Martin Brown (screenplay), Joseph Hergesheimer (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anna May Wong ... Taou Yuen
Elizabeth Allan ... Nettie Vollar
John Loder ... Gerrit Ammidon
Edmund Gwenn ... Jeremy Ammidon
Ralph Richardson ... William Ammidon
Herbert Lomas Herbert Lomas ... Barzil Dunsack
George Curzon George Curzon ... Edward Dunsack
John Marriner John Marriner ... John Stone
Grey Blake Grey Blake ... Roger Brevard (as Gray Blake)
Roy Emerton Roy Emerton ... Broadrick
Amy Brandon Thomas ... Rhoda Ammidon
Frances Carson Frances Carson ... Kate Vollar
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The port city of Bristol, England, in the 1800s is home to Java Head, a sailing ship line company. The owner has two sons. One, a handsome seafarer, is in love with a local girl, but cannot marry her due to a long-running feud between their fathers. After a lengthy voyage, he returns with a very exotic, noble Chinese wife, which scandalizes the conservative town. His other son, a "landlubber", seeks to convert to steamships, to the disgust of his father. Even worse, he is secretly dealing in contraband. Written by GoblinHairedGuy

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1934 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Princesa de China See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This is one of about three dozen British movies picked up by CBS in 1949 for U.S. television presentation; its initial telecast in New York City took place Friday, June 3, 1949 on WCBS (Channel 2); it first aired in Cincinnati Tuesday, August 16, 1949 on WCPO (Channel 7), in Boston Sunday, December 11, 1949 on WNAC (Channel 7), and in Los Angeles Monday, December 26, 1949 on KLAC (Channel 13). See more »

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Remake of Java Head (1923) See more »

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Always wonderful, Anna May Wong excels
4 February 2012 | by Matti-ManSee all my reviews

This is a fairly ordinary tale of a romantic triangle, elevated to an A picture by the presence of Anna May Wong, a gifted and tragic American-Chinese actress of the 1930s.

The plot involves rivalry between seafaring trader families and internal squabbles between brothers, one who wants to "modernise" the firm with steamships and opium smuggling, and another who is decent, in love with a local girl yet marries a Manchu princess ... yup, Anna May.

I kind of get the impression that the script for this film was re-jigged somewhat when the producers knew they had Ms Wong. Consequently, she seems to have wandered in from another film. The brief flash of pre-code nudity seems strangely out of place, but it's interesting how much more liberal the movies of the early 1930s can be.

In this picture, AMW's regal bearing and striking looks dominate the screen whenever she's on. Though it's not her best picture by a country mile (I reserve that for DANGEROUS TO KNOW), any Ms Wong is well worth a look.


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