Dragon Seed

Dragon Seed

Director: Harold S. Bucquet, Jack Conway Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Walter Huston

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Overview

Dragon Seed

This lavish, 145-minute cinemadaptation of the Pearl Buck best-seller Dragon Seed was intended by MGM as a followup to the studio's successful film version of Buck's The Good Earth. In true Hollywood fashion, the Chinese protagonists are all played by Caucasian actors, with fascinating if not always convincing results. When a peaceful Chinese village is invaded by the Japanese prior to WW2, the men elect to adopt a peaceful, don't-rock-the-boat attitude towards their conquerors-and it is understood that the women will stoically acquiesce as well. But Jade (Katharine Hepburn), a headstrong young woman, intends to stand up to the Japanese whether her husband Lao Er (Turhan Bey) approves or not. She even goes so far as to learn to read and to handle a weapon, so that she may properly equipped for both psychological and physical combat. Jade's attitude spreads to the rest of the village, convincing even the staunchest of male traditional that the Japanese can be defeated only by offering a strong united front-male and female. Alas, there are a few Quislings in their midst, notably avaricious merchant Wu Lien (Akim Tamiroff), who learns all too late the terrible cost of collaboration. While it seems odd to see so many non-Orientals-Walter Huston, Agnes Moorehead, Hurd Hatfield, J. Carroll Naish-in the major roles, Dragon Seed manages to retain its power and entertainment value even 50 years after the fact (Incidentally, there are a few genuine Chinese in the cast-most of them playing Japanese!)

Product Details

Release Date: 08/22/2017
UPC: 0888574513597
Original Release: 1944
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 2:28:00
Sales rank: 23,313

Special Features

Featurette Romance of Cellulois, Twenty Years Later; Classic Cartoon Happy-Go-Nutty; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Katharine Hepburn Jade
Walter Huston Ling Tan
Aline MacMahon Mrs. Ling Tan
Akim Tamiroff Wu Lien
Turhan Bey Lao Er
J. Carrol Naish Japanese Kitchen Overseer
Hurd Hatfield Lao San
Agnes Moorehead Third Cousin's Wife
Henry Travers Third Cousin
Robert Bice Lao Ta
Robert Lewis Capt. Sato
Frances Rafferty Orchid
Jacqueline De Wit Mrs. Wu Lien
Clarence Lung Fourth Cousin
Paul E. Burns Neighbor Shen
Anna Demetrio Wu Sao
Philip Ahn Leader of City People
Lionel Barrymore Narrator
Abner Biberman Capt. Yasuda
Claire Du Brey Hysterical Woman
Benson Fong Student
Lee Tung Foo Innkeeper
Roland Got Speaker with Movies
Alex Havier Japanese Soldier
Ted Hecht Maj. Yohagi
Al Hill Japanese Officer
Robert Lee Young Farmer
Charles Lung Japanese Diplomat
Leonard Mudie Old Peddler
Jay Novello Japanese Soldier
Frank Puglia Old Clerk
Leonard Strong Japanese Official
Philip Van Zandt Japanese Guard
Keye Luke Actor

Technical Credits
Harold S. Bucquet Director
Jack Conway Director
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Jack Dawn Makeup
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Hugh Hunt Set Decoration/Design
Harold Kress Editor
Jane Murfin Screenwriter
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Marguerite Roberts Screenwriter
Herbert Stothart Score Composer
Irene Valles Costumes/Costume Designer
Sidney Wagner Cinematographer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Dragon Seed
1. Credits [1:12]
2. Ling Tan's Clan [4:36]
3. Troubling Women [3:42]
4. Searching for Jade [3:31]
5. Lacking Words [3:03]
6. Stranger on Our Land [4:04]
7. We Are of the New [3:34]
8. The Traitor Wu Lien [5:00]
9. Reading Each Other [4:53]
10. Bomb Size [4:00]
11. Too Much To Bear [3:31]
12. Factory On Their Backs [4:30]
13. Leaving Home [4:49]
14. Not Marry Another [1:55]
15. Enemy At Our Gates [3:16]
16. Invaders [3:03]
17. Home Under Siege [2:21]
18. Mother's Sacrifice [1:59]
19. No Tomorrow [2:40]
20. Red Sun [6:01]
21. Deadly Winter [4:52]
22. New Death, New Life [2:52]
23. Returning Home [3:27]
24. Armed Resistance [4:26]
25. Escorted Guests [6:19]
26. A Wife's Betrayal [4:24]
27. Man in the Middle [4:57]
28. Women Ever Must Act [2:47]
29. For Or Against [2:45]
30. Infiltrating the Kitchen [5:13]
31. Poison at Work [4:02]
32. Burdon of Guilt [5:39]
33. I Will Kill No More [4:55]
34. Daughter's Defiance [3:46]
35. Patriarch's Decision [4:04]
36. Valley of Fire [3:32]
37. Hope of Us All [4:10]
38. Cast List [2:57]
39. Chapter 39 [:47]
1. Chapter 1 [9:10]
1. Chapter 1 [7:10]

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