Bitter Tea of General Yen
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Bitter Tea of General Yen
The Bitter Tea of General Yen is the oddest, least characteristic talkie effort of director Frank Capra. Barbara Stanwyck stars as the intended of an American missionary (Gavin Gordon) who is sent to spread the good word in China. During a military revolution, Stanwyck and her fiance inadvertently wander into forbidden territory while trying to help a group of orphans escape. The couple is forcibly detained by elegant warlord General Yen (played by Swedish actor Nils Ashter), who relies upon the financial advice of drunken American expatriate Walter Connolly. Yen is overcome with desire at the… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An odd duck to be sure: substantially darker than the other Capra films I've seen, with a Chinese civil war and firing squads serving as the backdrop for a love story that never really comes together."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"If any Hollywood film from the '30s is positively begging to be rediscovered...this is it."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Weird, poetic, deliberately pretentious drama from Capra."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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