The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933) was a Drama - Romance Film directed by Frank Capra and produced by Frank Capra and Walter Wanger.
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 YenBy 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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General Yen: There has never been a people more purely artist, and therefore more purely lover, than the Chinese.
Jones: Between war and women, the General's got me by the nuts.
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Chinese officials in Washington, D.C. complained about the depiction of the treatment of war prisoners in this film (which were toned down a bit) and some dehumanizing language about the Chinese people, such as "Human life is the cheapest thing in China," (which remains in the film).
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.
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