China Doll (1958)

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    • China Doll (1958)

      CHINA DOLL

      DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY FRANK BORZAGE
      PRODUCED BY ROBERT E. MORRISON/ VICTOR MATURE/ JOHN WAYNE
      BATJAC/ ROMINA PRODUCTIONS/ UNITED ARTISTS




      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      In China gruff Air Force captain Cliff Brandon wakes up after a night of drinking to discover he has purchased the housekeeping services of comely, young Shu-Jen from her father. Disappointed by Cliff's insistence on staying out late in bars, Shu-Jen leaves for home when Cliff, made aware that she is carrying her child, finds her and marries her in a delightful traditional Chinese ceremony. Happy days are spent as Shu-Jen and her infant daughter join Cliff at a forward base until Cliff, returning from a supply-drop mission, hears the base is under attack by Japanese bombers.
      Written by Doug Sederberg

      Full Cast
      Victor Mature ... Capt. Cliff Brandon
      Li Hua Li ... Shu-Jen
      Ward Bond ... Father Cairns
      Bob Mathias ... Capt. Phil Gates
      Johnny Desmond ... Sgt. Steve Hill
      Stuart Whitman ... Lt. Dan O'Neill
      Elaine Devry ... Alice Nichols (as Elaine Curtis)
      Ann McCrea ... Mona Perkins
      Danny Chang ... Ellington
      Denver Pyle ... Col. Wiley
      Don 'Red' Barry ... MSgt. Hal Foster (as Donald Barry)
      Tige Andrews ... Cpl. Carlo Menotti
      Steve Mitchell ... Dave Reisner
      Ken Perry ... Sgt. Ernie Fleming
      Ann Paige ... Sally
      Gregg Barton ... Airman
      Barry O'Hara
      Tita Aragon ... Shiao-Mee Brandon (uncredited)
      Bill White Jr. ... Forsyth - Flying Tiger (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Kitty Buhler (screenplay)
      James Benson Nablo (story) and
      Thomas F. Kelly (story)

      Original Music
      Henry Vars

      Cinematography
      William H. Clothier

      Second Unit Director/ Assistant Director
      Lew Borzage .... assistant director

      Trivia
      Victor Mature's salary was $125,000.
      Frank Borzage and Victor Mature set up a production company
      but this was the only movie they made together.

      Filming Locations
      Saugus, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Duke's Productions- China Doll (1958)

      China Doll is a 1958 romantic drama film set in the
      China Burma India Theater of World War II and starring
      Victor Mature, Li Hua Li., Ward Bond

      Produced by Duke's brother Robert E. Morrison, for
      John Wayne's Batjac Productions.
      As could be expected 'Pals' of Duke in attendance,
      William H. Clothier on camera.also starring,
      Stuart Whitman, Denver Pyle

      User Review

      Dolls Can Be Fragile
      by bkoganbing (Buffalo, New York)

      After a decade's absence from the big screen director Frank Borzage did a few films toward the end of his life, the first being a tender love story set in Western China during World War II. Although you would hardly call Victor Mature's character an innocent like most of Borzage's protagonists, the female lead, Chinese actress Li Hua Li more than makes up for it in her character.

      Mature is a transport pilot in the China-Burma-India theater and during a night on the town he wakes up finds out he's bought himself a Chinese concubine from her father. On a three month trial basis and Li Hua Li goes with him. Naturally this arrangement doesn't please all at the base with their western views on morality especially the women nurses. But Mature finds a surprising ally in Father Ward Bond who runs an orphanage and has spent decades in China and knows the customs well. In fact the main scene of the film is Bond presiding over a Chinese style wedding when the two realize they're in love. Of course the fact that a little one is on the way does speed everyone's plans up.

      China Doll despite its themes of miscegenation is really a rather old fashioned film. Films like Sayonara and Love Is A Many Splendored Thing really tackled the whole issue far better. And I found the ending completely ridiculous especially if Mature's first concern was the safety of his infant daughter.

      Vic and Li Hua Li are a touching pair of lovers though and the wartime combat scenes are expertly handled. Fans of Mature and of Ms. Li who is a big name in the Chinese cinema might like this though.
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Re: Duke's Productions- China Doll (1958)

      I never realized this was a Batjac production.....must have seen it on the screen fifty times! Everyone know where Batjac came from?

      I loved Ward Bond in this movie. Just shows another part, (he could play just about all), at which he excelled.

      As I said somewhere else in this, (I lose my posts still), Ward had broken a bone in his hip. Yet he did a whole day of dialogue so that Vic Mature would not miss his plane for what I believe was the start of another movie the next day. Can't find where I read it, so it might be on the DVD commentary. It actually states how many pages of dialogue. But, if you go frame by frame when Bond sits down or gets up a few times....you will see the agony on his face and how he has to put his fists on the chair just to lower himself down. Yet, without the frame by frame, you would NEVER see it.........Dang, he was good!

      This movie, through the years has moved up through the ranks much like The Searchers, but not to that extent. It was received pretty well when it first came out. It ended rather badly, and I cried like a baby throughout it, LOL! Then, after calming all down, the young girl came down the airline steps and held out the dog tags she had around her neck, and the water works began again. If you cry in movies, you will in this one!

      Batjac made good choices in almost every part of this movie....see who the cameraman was?

      Anyway, I really liked it, and I did not like Vic Mature ONE BIT before I saw it. Now, I look for his movies. OK Yall, where did "Batjac" come from?

      KP KEITH

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    • Re: Duke's Productions

      Re: Duke's Productions- China Doll (1958) Might have spoiler
      I posted this under China Doll...then, thought I might should have posted it here so that people who might want to watch it would see it. OK, where should I have put it? I plan to be active here and want to make sure I do all right, although I admit I am still confused about some things. Anybody give out their phone number? If so......I will call, LOL.
      I never realized this was a Batjac production.....must have seen it on the screen fifty times! Everyone know where Batjac came from?

      I loved Ward Bond in this movie. Just shows another part, (he could play just about all), at which he excelled.

      As I said somewhere else in this, (I lose my posts still), Ward had broken a bone in his hip. Yet he did a whole day of dialogue so that Vic Mature would not miss his plane for what I believe was the start of another movie the next day. Can't find where I read it, so it might be on the DVD commentary. It actually states how many pages of dialogue. But, if you go frame by frame when Bond sits down or gets up a few times....you will see the agony on his face and how he has to put his fists on the chair just to lower himself down. Yet, without the frame by frame, you would NEVER see it.........Dang, he was good!

      This movie, through the years has moved up through the ranks much like The Searchers, but not to that extent. It was received pretty well when it first came out. It ended rather badly, and I cried like a baby throughout it, LOL! Then, after calming all down, the young girl came down the airline steps and held out the dog tags she had around her neck, and the water works began again. If you cry in movies, you will in this one!

      Batjac made good choices in almost every part of this movie....see who the cameraman was?

      Anyway, I really liked it, and I did not like Vic Mature ONE BIT before I saw it. Now, I look for his movies. OK Yall, where did "Batjac" come from?

      KP KEITH