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A working title for this film was The Devil's Sister . A 31 Mar 1942 HR news item notes that Producers Releasing Corp. had "purchased George Wellington Pardy's 'Bombs over Burma.'" Pardy may have written the original story or screenplay, but no other sources linking his name to this film have been found. It is possible that they discarded his story but retained the title and a few plot ... More Less

A working title for this film was The Devil's Sister . A 31 Mar 1942 HR news item notes that Producers Releasing Corp. had "purchased George Wellington Pardy's 'Bombs over Burma.'" Pardy may have written the original story or screenplay, but no other sources linking his name to this film have been found. It is possible that they discarded his story but retained the title and a few plot points. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 Jul 1942.
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Daily Variety
10 Jul 42
p. 3.
Film Daily
15 Jul 42
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jul 42
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
18 Jul 42
p. 781.
New York Times
10 Aug 42
p. 145.
Variety
12 Aug 42
p. 22.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Devil's Sister
Release Date:
5 June 1942
Production Date:
began 30 March 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Producers Releasing Corp.
Copyright Date:
28 May 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11341
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67
Length(in feet):
5,994
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
8332
SYNOPSIS

In Chungking, China, during China's war with Japan, schoolteacher Lin Ying secretly leads a double life as a spy for the Chinese army. While teaching class one day, Lin is summoned to meet another agent, who has an assignment for her. Lin's mission is to ensure the safe passage of a secret food supply wagon caravan across the Burma Road. When Lin returns to the classroom, the city comes under aerial attack, and although she tries to take all the children to a bomb shelter for safety, one boy is left behind and dies in the attack. Beginning her assigned task, Lin boards a bus traveling down the Burma Road. Among the other passengers on the bus are Me-Hoi, a Chinese serviceman posing as a priest, and Sir Roger Howe, a German spy. When the bus driver, Slim Jenkins, comes upon a destroyed bridge, he has the passengers disembark and wait at a nearby hotel. Soon after it is discovered that the bus's distributor is missing, war planes are heard in the distance. When Roger discovers that Me-Hoi and Lin are in the employ of the Chinese government, he arrests them and puts Slim in charge of keeping watch over them. Slim holds Lin and Me-Hoi captive for a only short time before they are able to convince him that Roger is the one who should be arrested, as he has been sending secret messages to the enemy about the convoy's whereabouts. To prove that her suspicions about Roger are true, Lin challenges Roger to ride with her in the first truck of the supply convoy, knowing that if it were to come under ... +


In Chungking, China, during China's war with Japan, schoolteacher Lin Ying secretly leads a double life as a spy for the Chinese army. While teaching class one day, Lin is summoned to meet another agent, who has an assignment for her. Lin's mission is to ensure the safe passage of a secret food supply wagon caravan across the Burma Road. When Lin returns to the classroom, the city comes under aerial attack, and although she tries to take all the children to a bomb shelter for safety, one boy is left behind and dies in the attack. Beginning her assigned task, Lin boards a bus traveling down the Burma Road. Among the other passengers on the bus are Me-Hoi, a Chinese serviceman posing as a priest, and Sir Roger Howe, a German spy. When the bus driver, Slim Jenkins, comes upon a destroyed bridge, he has the passengers disembark and wait at a nearby hotel. Soon after it is discovered that the bus's distributor is missing, war planes are heard in the distance. When Roger discovers that Me-Hoi and Lin are in the employ of the Chinese government, he arrests them and puts Slim in charge of keeping watch over them. Slim holds Lin and Me-Hoi captive for a only short time before they are able to convince him that Roger is the one who should be arrested, as he has been sending secret messages to the enemy about the convoy's whereabouts. To prove that her suspicions about Roger are true, Lin challenges Roger to ride with her in the first truck of the supply convoy, knowing that if it were to come under attack, it would surely be destroyed. Roger consents to ride with her, but the moment he hears the sound of the approaching bombers, he jumps out. Lin prevents his escape by signaling nearby field workers to surround him. The Chinese workers trap Roger and kill him, after which the Burma Road is safely reopened to the food supply caravan. +

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