Mandalay (1934)

65 mins | Melodrama | 10 February 1934

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HISTORY

Var notes that George Brent was to have played Dr. Burton but asked to be released as he did not want to make the trip to the ten-day Stockton location on the San Joaquin River. His wife, Ruth Chatterton, had previously turned down the lead because she did not want to play another prostitute. News items in HR note that Donald Woods later was assigned to the lead and Katya Sergova was considered for "Tanya." According to HR , the script had to be rewritten to explain Lyle Talbot's head bandage, the result of an earlier accident. In 1936, the studio's application for a certificate of approval for re-issue was denied. A letter from Joseph Breen, Director of the Studio Relations office of the AMPPA to Jack L. Warner dated 3 Sep 1936 lists the films for which certificates had been denied because "The examination of our files would indicate that they contain so much objectionable matter that any attempt to re-edit them so as to bring them within the requirements of the Production Code would be extremely difficult. About Mandalay the letter added, "This picture also has the basic Code violation of presenting the heroine as an immoral ... More Less

Var notes that George Brent was to have played Dr. Burton but asked to be released as he did not want to make the trip to the ten-day Stockton location on the San Joaquin River. His wife, Ruth Chatterton, had previously turned down the lead because she did not want to play another prostitute. News items in HR note that Donald Woods later was assigned to the lead and Katya Sergova was considered for "Tanya." According to HR , the script had to be rewritten to explain Lyle Talbot's head bandage, the result of an earlier accident. In 1936, the studio's application for a certificate of approval for re-issue was denied. A letter from Joseph Breen, Director of the Studio Relations office of the AMPPA to Jack L. Warner dated 3 Sep 1936 lists the films for which certificates had been denied because "The examination of our files would indicate that they contain so much objectionable matter that any attempt to re-edit them so as to bring them within the requirements of the Production Code would be extremely difficult. About Mandalay the letter added, "This picture also has the basic Code violation of presenting the heroine as an immoral woman." More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
23 Jan 34
p. 3.
Film Daily
15 Feb 34
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Sep 33
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Oct 33
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Oct 33
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Oct 33
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Oct 33
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Oct 33
p. 11.
Motion Picture Daily
15 Feb 34
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald
24 Feb 34
p. 39, 42
New York Times
15 Feb 34
p. 15.
Variety
27 Oct 1933.
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Variety
20 Feb 34
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
SOUND
MAKEUP
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech dir
Still photog
SOURCES
SONGS
"When Tomorrow Comes," words and music by Irving Kahal and Sammy Fain.
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 February 1934
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
1 February 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4448
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Tanya, a Russian refugee, is hiding in Rangoon, Burma under the protection of her lover, Tony Evans, a gunrunner working for a weathly underworld leader named Nick. Nick wants to add Tanya to his stable of women in a decadent Rangoon club and intimidates Tony into turning her over to settle a debt. At first the abandoned Tanya refuses to cooperate with Nick, but eventually decides to beat him at his own game and uses sex to gain power. She becomes notorious for her affairs, is re-named "Spot White," and by blackmailing a British officer, gets passage money out of Rangoon. On the boat to Mandalay, she meets formerly prestigious surgeon Gergory Burton who is now exiled in Burma because of his alcoholism, and they fall in love. Unfortunately, Tony has followed her, and in an attempt to escape the authorities, he frames her for what appears to be his murder. She is arrested, but before the boat docks, Tony comes to Tanya's cabin and proposes that they open a club like Nick's, with Tanya as "hostess." Tanya, desperate to sever her past, poisons Tony, who falls overboard to his death. When they dock in Mandalay, the captain reports that stowaways saw Tony in the hold and it is presumed he escaped in a small boat. Tanya is freed, she confesses her crime to Gregory, and they pledge to start a new life ... +


Tanya, a Russian refugee, is hiding in Rangoon, Burma under the protection of her lover, Tony Evans, a gunrunner working for a weathly underworld leader named Nick. Nick wants to add Tanya to his stable of women in a decadent Rangoon club and intimidates Tony into turning her over to settle a debt. At first the abandoned Tanya refuses to cooperate with Nick, but eventually decides to beat him at his own game and uses sex to gain power. She becomes notorious for her affairs, is re-named "Spot White," and by blackmailing a British officer, gets passage money out of Rangoon. On the boat to Mandalay, she meets formerly prestigious surgeon Gergory Burton who is now exiled in Burma because of his alcoholism, and they fall in love. Unfortunately, Tony has followed her, and in an attempt to escape the authorities, he frames her for what appears to be his murder. She is arrested, but before the boat docks, Tony comes to Tanya's cabin and proposes that they open a club like Nick's, with Tanya as "hostess." Tanya, desperate to sever her past, poisons Tony, who falls overboard to his death. When they dock in Mandalay, the captain reports that stowaways saw Tony in the hold and it is presumed he escaped in a small boat. Tanya is freed, she confesses her crime to Gregory, and they pledge to start a new life together. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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