Mandalay

  • 1934
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Romance

Lithe, lean Kay Francis stars in this piece of fluff as the lover of Cortez, a shady munitions smuggler who dumps her in steamy Rangoon, where she gets a job at a local nightspot run by Oland (in another of his bogus Asian impressions). She soon becomes the kind of local star Marlene Dietrich used to be when dumped in exotic places by her various screen...read more

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Lithe, lean Kay Francis stars in this piece of fluff as the lover of Cortez, a shady munitions smuggler who dumps her in steamy Rangoon, where she gets a job at a local nightspot run by Oland (in another of his bogus Asian impressions). She soon becomes the kind of local star Marlene

Dietrich used to be when dumped in exotic places by her various screen lovers. Later, she gets together with drunken doctor Talbot and they are soon in love. Cortez walks back into the picture and fakes suicide by leaving the porthole in his cabin open and an empty poison bottle on the table. But

Francis eventually puts real poison in his drink and he falls overboard, though no one seems to notice or care. Everybody drinks and smokes and makes witty small talk and the film's short length is its main asset. Francis is lovely to look at and dreadful to listen to--she had difficulty

pronouncing her rs. An escapist film for everyone who was suffering the ills of the Depression, MANDALAY is a curious film because it allowed the lady to get away with murder (or so it seemed), something that was usually frowned upon. Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal wrote the song "When Tomorrow

Comes."

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  • Review: Lithe, lean Kay Francis stars in this piece of fluff as the lover of Cortez, a shady munitions smuggler who dumps her in steamy Rangoon, where she gets a job at a local nightspot run by Oland (in another of his bogus Asian impressions). She soon becomes th… (more)

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