China Seas Overview:

China Seas (1935) was a Action - Drama Film directed by Tay Garnett and produced by Irving Thalberg and Albert Lewin.


A soggy blend of adventure, comedy, and romance on the high seas, but what a cast! Gable pilots a steamer plying the China seas, where in one tumultuous journey he fights off pirates, foul weather, and the advances of a blonde bundle of trouble known as China Doll.

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CHINA SEAS ( 1935 )

By Theresa Brown on Jul 5, 2015 From CineMaven's Essays from the Couch

I haven?t seen this one in for ever and it is chock full of plot: pirates, typhoon, jewel thieves, unrequited love, rekindled lost love, duty, redemption, Gable struggling between what he wants and what he needs…and the wonderful wardrobe malfunction by Harlow that remains in the picture. What... Read full article

China Seas (1935) (2)

By Beatrice on May 23, 2013 From Flickers in Time

China Seas Directed by Tay Garnett 1935/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer First viewing Gable and Harlow reunite in another love-triangle story following their success in Red Dust (1932). ?Clark Gable plays the skipper of a cruise liner/freighter on the China Sea. ?The vessle is carrying a hidden gold shipm... Read full article

China Seas (1935) (1)

By Lindsey on Oct 17, 2012 From The Motion Pictures

(Screen capture by TMP) Alan Gaskell (Clark Gable) is a tough, monsoon-surviving ship captain. His latest voyage is going from Hong Kong to Singapore – a dangerous route, especially with a shipment of gold hidden on board that pirates will be hungry for. But aside from his work, Gaskell loves ... Read full article

The Films of Jean Harlow: China Seas (1935)

By Kristen on Mar 9, 2012 From Journeys in Classic Film

I think these movies are starting to blend. ?That or the screenwriters and directors were just so uninspired that they started recycling from other works. ?I mentioned the numerous influences in yesterday’s film Reckless. ?Today’s film China Seas is almost a direct sequel to Red Dust and... Read full article

Feminist Fridays: Madonnas and whores on the China Seas.

By Brandie on Aug 19, 2011 From True Classics

Of the six films in which Jean Harlow and Clark Gable appeared together, China Seas?is one of the pair’s better outings. By this time in her life, at the tender age of 24, Harlow had come into her own as an actress, demonstrating the combination of sharp-edged femininity and self-assurance tha... Read full article

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Quotes from

Jamesy MacArdle: [to an unconcious Gaskell] There can't be any gold. You would have talked. Nobody can be that tough.

Jamesy MacArdle: Lovin' you is the only decent thing I ever did in my life. And even that was a mistake.

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Facts about

Jean Harlow wore a wig for this film. She had cut her hair shorter and was letting her natural color grow in. But for the scene where her character Dolly is soaked, the wig could not be used because it would look fake. Thus for a few seconds Harlow's hair is shorter and a different color.
The film was banned in Malaya and Singapore.
While shooting in the studio two stuntmen were nearly killed as they were washed away by 50 tons of water.
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