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The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Frank Capra and produced by Frank Capra and Walter Wanger.

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The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Dec 15, 2018 From 4 Star Films

The Bitter Tea of General Yen is no doubt a perplexing film to come at today but, in some respects, that makes the experience all the more gratifying. There’s still something within it 80 years on that will simultaneously rub up against?our?contemporary perspective while?also surprising us wit... Read full article


The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) (1)

By Angela on Nov 11, 2012 From Hollywood Revue

On the night they were to be married, American missionaries Megan Davis (Barbara Stanwyck) and Dr. Bob Strike (Gavin Gordon) have to put their wedding on hold to rescue some children from an orphanage stuck in the middle of a war zone. In order to get through safely, Dr. Strike asks the feared Gener... Read full article


The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) (2)

By Lindsey on Nov 3, 2012 From The Motion Pictures

(Source) Megan Davis (Barbara Stanwyck) is headed to Shanghai to wed her childhood sweetheart, Bob Strike (Gavin Gordon), who is living there and working as a missionary. However, civil war is raging in the area. When the Chapei (Zhabei) district of the city goes up in flames on the night of Megan&#... Read full article


Pre-Code: The Bitter Tea of General Yen(1933) .

By Dawn on Dec 3, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

The Bitter Tea of General Yen is a pre-Code 1933 film, directed by Frank Capra based on the novel by Grace Zaring Stone. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck and Nils Asther. The film was the first to play at the Radio City Music Hall upon its opening in January, 1933. Even though the General Yen, is played by a ... Read full article


The Bitter Tea of General Yen

By RBuccicone on Dec 2, 2010 From MacGuffin Movies

???? I have mentioned before how casting westerners?to play?exotic and foreign roles was prevalent in early movies and fairly disgraceful, and The Bitter Tea of General Yen is another example. At least in this film only the male lead is a false “Chinaman” played by?Nils Asther, a silent ... Read full article


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Megan Davis: I want you to think of all those things and then forgive her.


Jones: Between war and women, the General's got me by the nuts.


General Yen: There has never been a people more purely artist, and therefore more purely lover, than the Chinese.


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Facts about

Swedish actor Nils Asther played General Yen. Asian actors were never cast in lead roles in American productions at the time. Although multilingual, Asther did not speak Mandarin. However, he did use a Mandarin dialect for the part.
This movie was the first to play at Manhattan's fabled showplace, Radio City Music Hall, beginning on January 11, 1933.
Jessie Perry is in studio records/casting call lists playing "Miss Reid," but that role was played by Helen Jerome Eddy.
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