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China Doll, Movie, 1958 IMDB

Pictures provided by: DidierF

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Also known as:

  • Bonequinha Chinesa (Brazil)
  • Hun kom en nat (Denmark)
  • Idän ruusu (Finland)
  • Bambola cinese (Italy)
  • Uppror i Kina (Sweden)

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DidierF FR

2015-12-16 19:14

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Many planes for IMPDb.org in this film.

But first, do somebody have any idea of what the truck in the foreground could be?

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Lateef NO

2015-12-16 19:26

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98 % sure it's an Austin K2/Y Ambulance

mike962 DE

2015-12-16 19:31

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Didier any news on the other mystery french vehicles?
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DidierF FR

2015-12-17 04:33

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Lateef wrote 98 % sure it's an Austin K2/Y Ambulance
The movie is American, the set is in Hollywood and other places in California. Can we assume there were such Austin ambulances there—in war time to represent a US base in south-western China, or in 1957?

Anyway, I resume the up-loading.

-- Last edit: 2015-12-17 07:28:44

DidierF FR

2015-12-17 06:00

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Another little mystery from this film, the tank-truck seen right background here:

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It looks like one Dodge WC of the first series.

DidierF FR

2015-12-17 06:13

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Enough with the vehicles.

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is a crepuscular Frank Borzage—please pronounce /bɔrˈzeɪɡiː/—'s movie, and far less a war movie than a romance. War action is only seen after 80 minutes, for about ten.

The rest is a story told on IMDb and en.wiki, needless to insist. It's a rather bowdlerized version of the presence of young armed men among civilian populations. But well, the story is rather gently —I mean, nicely, sensitively— told.

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Victor Mature and Li Hua Li (Shu-Jen) are not bad, Ward Bond either. And there are some young actors and actresses (white) quite good looking, but I can't really say more about them. An average movie, a bit too sweet.

Enormous amount of planes for IMPDb.org to come, a crazy hodgepodge.

Moins film de guerre que romance ("inter-raciale", comme ils disent, mais attention, Mature et la petite Chinoise ne sont jamais lèvres à lèvres. Quant à l'ellipse pour dire qu'ils baisent, ce doit être un record d'évitement, je pense, et ce record-là, il fallait se lever tôt pour le battre, à Hollywood).

C'est pas franchement haletant, mais ce n'est pas nul, et il y a de jolis et tendres moments, sans blague.

Pour l'action, elle se réduit à l'emploi abondant d'images de guerre aérienne, d'où la page qui approche pour IMPDb. Et aussi à quelques secondes de Victor Mature, ivre de vengeance, pressant très fort la détente de sa grosse mitrailleuse pour massacrer les faces de citron — les mauvais citrons, les Japs, pas les gentils, les Chinks — et c'est tout, et ce n'est pas beaucoup. Mais, vous l'avez compris, ce n'était pas exactement le sujet.

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Ah, tout de même, puisque je suis d'humeur à faire le mauvais esprit, notons que c'est un de ces films où on tire un coup, allez, disons, une nuit d'amour, mais une seule, et bingo, on a gagné, y a un gosse à la clé ! Ou comment concilier les exigences des associations familiales et les nécessités de la progression narrative. Ce n'est pas propre à Hollywood, ça, songeons-y.


-- Last edit: 2016-09-08 12:55:35

DidierF FR

2015-12-17 06:48

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So, the IMPDb.org page. Note that en.wiki has largely paved the way for the identifications (you'll criticize them).

And now, between "spoiler" tags, the planes.

Spoiler - click here to see it

Opening credits:
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Landing:
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Later:
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Action!
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From here, documetary footage is used:
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… sometimes in a very clumsy way…
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Bell(e) photo :
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Les Japs !

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(Un "Sally" ?)

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Après, c'est vraiment le foutoir…

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Ah, un beau "Hien" :
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Et ça continue…
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Mais on se quitte sur des images plus civiles :

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Et voilà !

-- Last edit: 2015-12-17 11:10:37

Lateef NO

2015-12-17 10:20

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DidierF wrote The movie is American, the set is in Hollywood and other places in California. Can we assume there were such Austin ambulances there—in war time to represent a US base in south-western China, or in 1957?

Well, whatever the scenario - it has that typical luton-like British Ambulance body, all details match, and nota bene the mirror on the right. I don't know what else it can be.

DidierF FR

2015-12-17 10:58

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It deserves its page as a strange intruder, then. Merci, Lateef !

62imperial US

2015-12-26 06:52

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Could the Austin be just in stock footage? The image of it has several aircraft in the background that weren't likely to have been available for filming, such as a Martin B-26 and some twin-engine job on the left that looks like - of all things - a pre-war French Amiot 143!

According to Bruce Orriss's book When Hollywood Ruled the Skies, the producers rented two DC-3/C-47s for the American transports and a "small number" of F4U Corsairs to play the Japanese fighters, but there aren't any Corsairs in the screencaps.

The airliner in the last images is Pan Am DC-7C c/n 44883 N741PA Clipper Great Republic, later converted to DC-7CF freighter and re-registered N74175. Last seen derelict in Miami in 1987, scrapped soon afterward.

-- Last edit: 2016-10-03 00:22:08

DidierF FR

2015-12-26 12:49

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62imperial wrote Could the Austin be just in stock footage? The image of it has several aircraft in the background that weren't likely to have been available for filming, such as a Martin B-26 and some twin-engine job on the left that looks like - of all things - a pre-war French Amiot 143!
You are certainly right about stock footage, 62imperial. A nicely done job in this part of the movie (opening scenes), by the way.

(What could an Amiot do here? Where and when was it shot? Some Free-French item, maybe?)

62imperial wrote According to Bruce Orriss's book When Hollywood Ruled the Skies, the producers rented two DC-3/C-47s for the American transports and a "small number" of F4U Corsairs to play the Japanese fighters, but there aren't any Corsairs in the screencaps. (…)
Thanks for the references.
I think I saw a wing of Corsairs, briefly, mingled with Hellcats images. I probably missed the capture.

Corkeyandpals US

2017-11-23 18:54

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Aircraft at: http://impdb.org/index.php?title=China_Doll

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