Dragon Seed
First screened in April 2006
Directors: Harold S. Bucquet and Jack Conway. Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Turhan Bey, Walter Huston, Agnes Moorehead, Akim Tamiroff, Henry Travers, Aline MacMahon, Hurd Hatfield, J. Carrol Naish, Robert Bice, Clarence Lung, Frances Rafferty. Screenplay: Marguerite Roberts and Jane Murfin (based on the novel by Pearl S. Buck).

Twitter Capsule: Dying to see Kate Hepburn and Walter Huston as Chinese peasants? I've got a film for you! Also, what's wrong with you?

VOR:   Elaborately wrong-headed yellowface casting, lamented even in 1944, limits its value but yields a reluctantly fascinating avatar of perceptions of China and attempted empathy.

Photo © 1944 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: C–

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Supporting Actress: Aline MacMahon
Best Cinematography (Black & White): Sidney Wagner

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