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

I haven't the time. I've got to get

the pride of your fleet underway.

Mr. Rockwell, go to the captain's saloon.

Check those chronometers.

- Good morning, sir.

- Good morning.

Third officer isn't aboard yet, sir.

I know. I've been looking him over

at the Sepoy Hospital.

Cleaned out

High Spade McQueen's last night.

- Bad, sir?

- Yes, knife in the kidneys.

Port captain's trying to find someone

to replace him.

- What have you got in your mouth?

- Chewing tobacco, sir.

Bad enough having a ship like this

and a captain like me...

...without having a chief officer like you!

Sorry, sir. I had it in my jaw when

I came on duty, and I forgot all about it.

Mr. Willet of the Royal Canada Bank

is waiting to see you, sir.

- Just down there at your quarters.

- Thank you.

- Hello, Willet.

- Good morning, captain.

- The gold come aboard yet?

- Yes, sir.

All stowed away as we agreed?

In the steamroller.

- Good.

- Thank you, sir.

Wipe that smile off your face!

Is that your idea of clean brass?

You haven't answered my question!

Did I ask you...?

Little too big for you,

isn't it, Mr. Rockwell.

I apologize, sir. Chief Officer sent me down

to check the chronometers.

- Well, I don't keep them in my cap.

- No, sir.

- What are you going to do with that button?

- Button it, sir.

I was just hoping you weren't too

angry with me, sir.

Well, carry on.

Thank you, sir.

Excuse me, sir.

Who's in there?

- China Doll, the gal that drives men mad.

- What the devil are you doing aboard?

Nothing alarming, just showering

the dewdrops off the body beautiful.

How many hours do we have to spend

saying goodbye before it takes?

That's just the trouble, toots,

it took too good.

Gee, you were sweet to me.

Say, maybe you could use all that money

you won at the Tai Fan last night.

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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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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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