China Seas

Synopsis: Dynamic Alan Gaskell captains a ship bound from Hong Kong to Singapore. Gaskell tries to turn over a new leaf from his hard-drinking lifestyle after becoming re-attached to a refined high class English lady, Sybil Barclay. His former girlfriend Dolly is extremely jealous of the budding relationship and tries hard to get the Captain back. He is apparently unimpressed with her loud, obnoxious, and uncivilized manners, even though she is extremely beautiful. After a temporary takeover of the ship by gold-seeking Asian pirates, Captain Gaskell must deal with the fact that Dolly and her drinking pal, Jamesey MacArdle, are implicated in the crime.
Director(s): Tay Garnett
Production: MGM
  1 nomination.
87 min

Stand by for the mail.

Stand by for the mail.

We know you're not a pirate.

You'll get your knife back

when we dock in Singapore.

Get on the phone

and call Scranton, PA.

- Ask about J. Wilberforce Timmons.

- Have you any arms, sir?

Just these you see

growing out of me armpits.

No excuses, Mr. Atkins,

your job is to look after this dock.

If I ever find it in this state again, I'll...

How's your wife?

She's very much better, sir.

And thank you very much for the flowers.

Don't thank me. My gardener has

to get rid of them somehow.

Who's the big shot?

Sir Guy Wilmerding,

managing director of the line.

This way, Sir Guy. Gangway, please.

Glad to have you with us again, sir.

None of that mush.

I know how glad you are.

Not bad.

Not bad at all for a synthetic stone.

You ought to know, Paul.

My lovely Olga!

- Hey, I bet that lug's tops in China.

- That's the insignia of Wing Yu-Lan.

Everything in the archipelago

pays dividends to him.

- Good morning, purser.

- Good morning, Miss Yu-Lan.

We've arranged to take your

chairs aboard in the after-gangway.

Thank you.

- Mr. Dawson, here comes the captain.

- Look at him, with a three-days hangover.

And watch him grouse.

Of all the ungrateful, brass-hearted

skippers of a rusty old teakettle...

...who thinks he's still strutting it

in the Royal Navy.


Alan! Alan Gaskell.

I've got some last-minute cargo for you.

Ken, what are you doing up

in broad daylight?

Captain Gaskell, I want you to meet

Charlie McCaleb, the American novelist.

- How do you do?

- How do you do?

Well, Hong Kong seems to have

taken you to her bosom.

I've seen your face before. Don't tell me.

It's right on the tip of my tongue.

- Remember Johnson?

- Johnson?

- Who?

- Johnson.

- Johnny, what are you doing way out here?

- Maybe you could tell me.

No, no, this is Captain Gaskell,

the master of the ship you're on.

- Aye, captain. Coming along with us?

- Yes. Yes, I'm afraid so.

He's over here gathering material

for a new novel.

I've dragged him through wars,

riots and revolutions.

He doesn't even know he's in China.

If you should stir up anything exciting...

...shove him in a front seat

and tie his eyes open, will you?

I'm not running a nursery. I'm not stirring

up excitement for the sake of literature.

- See you later.

- Don't you worry.

I'll be right there. I'm the old

Ringside Kid. Got an eye like an eagle.

Goodbye, Captain Griscol.

I had a marvelous trip.

Ship ahoy! Ship ahoy!

Ship ahoy.

- Are you all right, Charlie?

- I cover the waterfront.

- Steward!

- Good morning, sir.

- Is that clean brass?

- Sorry, sir...

- You haven't answered my question!

- No, sir, it isn't clean brass, sir.

- You've been sampling my whiskey again.

- Yes, sir.

- Not as good as the last lot, is it?

- No, sir.

- Do something about it.

- I will.

- Thank you.

- Thank you, sir. Sir Guy wants to see you.

- Good morning, captain.

- Good morning.

So there you are.

- Morning, Mrs. Aiken.

- We were just talking about you, captain.

Mrs. Aiken tells me you've been

sensationally blotto...

...ever since you went ashore.

- Sir Guy...

- Oh, she does, eh?

If you don't like my behavior ashore

or aboard ship, you can get a new boy.

- In fact, I wish you would.

- You wouldn't go if you could.

Wouldn't I? I'm so close

to being back in England...

...I can hear Big Ben chiming.

- I've heard that for 50 years.

Only the weak ones

sneak out of the China Seas.

It's the bullheads like you that stay on.

What about a little spot

to keep your brain from addling?

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Jules Furthman

Jules Furthman (March 5, 1888 – September 22, 1966) was a magazine and newspaper writer before working as a screenwriter. more…

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