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This is one of the better films produced by Frank Borzage around this period. Just like the similarly-themed "Sayonara" and "The World of Suzie Wong", CHINA DOLL explores the problems and prejudices involved in a cross-cultural relationship.
Victor Mature is fine playing Captain Brandon; but it's Li Li Hua who really owns this picture. She only made a handful of movies in America, but here she is truly magnificent. The cast also includes Ward Bond, Bob Mathias, Johnny Desmond and Elaine Devry.
It's great to see CHINA DOLL finally on DVD. The disc offers no extras but the anamorphic transfer looks a treat. (Single-sided, single-layer disc).
Since Li Li Hua's character cannot speak more than 3 words of English, there is no real on-screen chemistry or action between the two leading roles that reveals a budding romance or love. It seemed pretty impersonal, then, suddenly, the Captain says almost in passing to a local priest that "something happened." In just a few more film minutes, one of the American WAC's blurts out that Li Li Hua's character "is pregnant." (How did the WAC know and before the Captain who was living with the Chinese girl as housekeeper?)
There is apparently no war on. There is virtually no flying in the first 90 percent of the film, and the Captain has a remarkably unhurried, relaxed lifestyle of mainly home-priest-bar. There are no Japanese enemy seen until the very ending of the film. I don't think they are even mentioned earlier, either. This is far removed from the reality of the real tempo of constant flight operations (and Japanese bombings) at that time in China.Read more ›
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I disagree with Mr. Sarno's negative review. I enjoyed this film very much. Yes I love Victor Mature, but I really enjoyed the
emotional story and the war story. Read more
My grandma was telling me about all the movies she grew up watching and how she wanted to see them again. This is one of her favorites. I'm glad i was able to find it for her.Published 10 months ago by Raina Davis
There is an epic movie somewhere in the script of China Doll, but audiences will never see it. The beginning of the film betrays the viewer. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Stephen T.
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