China (1943) Alan Ladd Day 4 of 5

Mike's Take On the Movies .......... Rediscovering Cinema's Past

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Alan Ladd proves himself Expendable material here as an American doing business with the Japanese in war torn China before the United States declared war upon Japan following the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

Directed by John Farrow this film opens with a tremendous shot of William Bendix working his way through a Chinese village under attack by Japanese airplanes. It’s well choreographed and lasts almost a full two minutes as Bendix avoids incoming torpedoes. It’s a great start to a film that is solid in the action department but less so with the teaming of Ladd and lovely Loretta Young on the romance side of things.

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Ladd portrays an unlikable sort who is out for number one and isn’t about to stop and allow a group of young female refugees to hitch a ride on his truck. Even if his pal, big hearted Bendix doesn’t mind. The girls are under…

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