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Mandalay

Released Feb 10, 1934 1h 5m Drama List
Reviews 43% Audience Score 100+ Ratings Without resources, Tanya (Kay Francis) is caught in the web of the Myanmar underworld. In Rangoon, the gorgeous woman is abandoned by her gunrunner boyfriend, Tony (Ricardo Cortez), to a powerful pimp named Nick (Warner Oland). Tanya refuses to join his brothel, but in time sees that her beauty is her only means of survival. With her ill-gotten gains, Tanya starts a new life in Mandalay and falls in love with surgeon Gregory (Lyle Talbot) -- but her past soon catches up with her. Read More Read Less

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Helen Brown Norden Vanity Fair Kay Francis goes wrong in the Orient and Warner Bros, went wrong on this picture. Jun 6, 2019 Full Review John Beifuss Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) Gauzy curtains and other bits of decor add eye-pleasing depth and complexity to Curtiz's compositions while also suggesting the layers of society and morality that Kay Francis must negotiate to recover her pride. Rated: 3/4 May 13, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Slow but worth it for the cast and story. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/04/24 Full Review j f Spicy stuff, snuck in just before Hays Code. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 08/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Damaged, troubled, "wrecked", declassed white people in the colonial/third world. A Russian emigre who becomes a courtesan must choose between the gun-runner who kept and then abandoned or sold her and an alcoholic doctor. Not as good as Gilda, or Casablanca. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Heavy breathing melodramatics that Kay and her amazing wardrobe make worthwhile. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Really painful to watch. It's one of these films that has almost nothing going for them: the femme fatale's ugly, the bad guy's a puss and the good one's a drunkard. Well said like that it cool almost be fun but believe me it ain't. The only interesting part is the fact that it is one more film of the Golden Age of Hollywood set in a foreign country under colonial rule. It's just amazing how fascinated the US seem to have been by colonies. That being said if SE Asia interests you, I'd advise you to watch Carol Reed's the Outcast of the Island. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member great movie. You always get a great performance from kay francis Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Without resources, Tanya (Kay Francis) is caught in the web of the Myanmar underworld. In Rangoon, the gorgeous woman is abandoned by her gunrunner boyfriend, Tony (Ricardo Cortez), to a powerful pimp named Nick (Warner Oland). Tanya refuses to join his brothel, but in time sees that her beauty is her only means of survival. With her ill-gotten gains, Tanya starts a new life in Mandalay and falls in love with surgeon Gregory (Lyle Talbot) -- but her past soon catches up with her.
Director
Michael Curtiz
Producer
Robert Presnell Sr.
Screenwriter
Paul Hervey Fox, Austin Parker, Charles Kenyon
Distributor
Warner Bros.
Production Co
First National Pictures
Genre
Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Feb 10, 1934, Original
Runtime
1h 5m