The General Died at Dawn (1936) was a Adventure - Crime Film directed by Lewis Milestone and produced by William LeBaron.
Academy Awards 1936 --- Ceremony Number 9 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Supporting Actor
|Best Music - Scoring
|Paramount Studio Music Department, Boris Morros, head of department (Score by Werner Janssen)
The General Died at Dawn (1936)By Beatrice on Aug 27, 2013 From Flickers in Time
The General Died at Dawn? Directed by Lewis Milestone Written by Clifford Odets based on a story by Charles G. Booth 1936/USA Paramount Pictures First viewing This film has beautiful cinematography and art direction but takes itself a bit too seriously. O’Hara (Gary Cooper) is an idealistic ... Read full article
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The main character, O'Hara, is based on the real-life adventurer Morris "Two-Gun" Cohen (1887-1970). Born in Poland to a Jewish family, Cohen grew up in the tough streets of London's East End. As a teenager, he moved to western Canada and became a ranch hand and gambler in Saskatchewan, and later a highly successful real-estate agent in Alberta. During World War I he fought in Europe with the Canadian Railway Troops. His friendship with Chinese workers on the Canadian-Pacific Railroad prompted him to go to China in the 1920s. After negotiating a railroad deal with Dr. Sun Yat-sen, Cohen became a personal bodyguard to Sun and a trainer of Sun's private army. After Sun's death in 1925, Cohen ran guns for various Chinese warlords throughout the 1930s. When the Japanese invaded China in 1937, Cohen continued to supply Chinese resistance forces with arms and served with the British SOE. In 1941, following the fall of Hong Kong, he was captured by the Japanese and put in a prison camp, but was traded to the English in 1943 in a rare prisoner exchange. After the war, Cohen continued to operate in China as an agent for various British firms, including Rolls-Royce and Decca Radar. His former dealings with Chinese warlords kept him in good standing with Chinese Communist officials until his death in 1970.
Future novelist John O'Hara made his only acting appearance as a reporter on a train. Twenty-two years later Gary Cooper would star in the screen adaptation of his novel 'Ten North Frederick'.
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