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The Bitter Tea of General Yen: The American missionary Megan Davis arrives in Shanghai during the Chinese Civil War to marry the missionary Dr. Robert Strife. However, Robert postpones their wedding to rescue some orphans in an orphanage in Chapei section that is burning in the middle of a battlefield. While returning to Shanghai with the children, they are separated in the crowd, Megan faints but is saved by General Yen and brought by train to his palace. Along the days, the General's mistress Mah-Li becomes close to Megan and when she is accused of betrayal for giving classified information to the enemies, Megan asks for her life. The cruel General Yen falls in love for the naive and pure Megan and accepts her request to spare the life of Mah-Li against the will of his financial advisor Jones. Meanwhile Megan feels attracted by the powerful and gentle General Yen, but resists to his flirtation. When Mah-Li betrays General Yen and destroys his empire, Megan realizes that to be able to do good works, one has to have wisdom and decides to stay with him while the General drinks his bitter last tea.

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Released: January 06, 1933
Runtime: 88 mins
Genres: Drama Romance War
Countries: USA
Director: Frank Capra
Actors: Adda Gleason Arthur Millett Barbara Stanwyck Clara Blandick Daisy Jefferson Eddie Lee Ella Hall Emmett Corrigan Gavin Gordon Helen Jerome Eddy Jessie Arnold Knute Erickson Lillian Leighton Lucien Littlefield Martha Mattox Moy Ming Nils Asther Nora Cecil Ray Young Richard Loo Robert Bolder Robert Wayne Tetsu Komai Toshia Mori Walter Connolly Willie Fung Wong Chung

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Posted by bex_views 7 months ago
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Such a interesting Capra film, was never really a big fan of stanwyck but she is really good in this film

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