Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)

Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Nils Asther, and Toshia Mori

Directed by Frank Capra

American missionary, Megan Davis comes to Shanghai during the Chinese Civil War in order to marry the missionary, Dr. Robert Strife. After being separated from him during a riot, Megan is saved by General Yen. She joins his court and grows close to his mistress, Mah-Li, begging for her life when she is discovered as a spy. General Yen, out of affection for Megan, spares Mah-Li, only to be betrayed by her in the end.

The Ben Ali Theatre, which was located at 121 East Main, man on stilts as part of a theater promotion, marquee promotes The Bitter Tea of General Yen, 1/30/1933, Lafayette Studios collection #1482b