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The General Died at Dawn (1936)




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General Yang (Akim Tamiroff) is a politically ambitious Chinese bandit who holds the Northern districts in a grip of terror. Yang is opposed by O'Hara (Gary Cooper), an American mercenary who fights on behalf of the peasants. When he is entrusted with a large sum of money to buy guns, O'Hara becomes the target of Yang and his minions. Betrayed by a cowardly Caucasian (Porter Hall), O'Hara nonetheless falls in love with his betrayer's daughter Judy (Madeline Carroll). Yang captures both O'Hara and Judy and spirits them away on his junk, where the General intends to torture O'Hara so as to find out where the money is. A bizarre and gloomy ending caps this atmospheric thriller, adapted from Charles G. Booth's best-selling novel by Clifford Odets--who, along with director Lewis Milestone, novelist John O'Hara and Hollywood columnist Sidney Skolsky, appears as an extra in one scene.


Madeleine Carroll
as Judy Perrie
Philip Ahn
as Oxford
Lee Tung Foo
as Mr. Chen
Walter Wong
as Bartender
Willie Fung
as Bartender
Hans Fuerberg
as Yang's Military Advisor
Sarah Edwards
as American Couple
Paul Harvey
as American Couple
Harold Tong
as House Boy
Charles Leong
as House Boy
Thomas Chan
as House Boy
Harry Yip
as House Boy
Swan Yee
as House Boy
Kam Tong
as House Boy
Hans Furberg
as Yang's Military Advisor
Barnett Parker
as Englishman
Dudley Lee
as Waiters on Train
Walter Lem
as Waiters on Train
Thomas Lee
as Waiters on Train
George Wong Wah
as Waiters on Train
Tom Ung
as Steward on Train
Taft Jung
as Guard
Jung Kai
as Guard
Chan Suey
as Guard
Loo Loy
as Guard
Quon Gong
as Guard
Wong Fong
as Guard
Leo Abbey
as Guard
Bob Jowe
as Guard
John O'Hara
as Reporter
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Critic Reviews for The General Died at Dawn

All Critics (7)

The film is excellently directed, acted, and lighted.

April 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Gary Cooper has never been better than in this picture, not even as Mr. Deeds, and has never had better support than he gets from all the players.

August 8, 2019 | Full Review…

Perfectly cast, beautifully photographed and just startlingly good entertainment.

November 23, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Old-fashioned thriller.

June 8, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Disregarding historical facts, this romantic historical adventure was a good vehicle for Gary Cooper, then at th eheight of his career.

June 30, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The General Died at Dawn (1936) is an adventure film set in the northern Chinese provinces that are torn by civil war, unrest, and revolution.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

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