The Bitter Tea of General Yen
The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 3, 1933
DVD Release Date: September 1, 1993
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Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

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.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

If any Hollywood film from the '30s is positively begging to be rediscovered...this is it.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Weird, poetic, deliberately pretentious drama from Capra.


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Cindy I
This early Frank Capra film is much different and more serious in tone than the later, lighter films that made his reputation. The story, of a young… More
Stella Dallas
capra's most daring film was a box office disaster in 1933. it was denounced by women's groups and religious organizations in america and banned in… More
jay nixon
Strange and unusal for a 30's film