Oil For The Lamps Of China

  • 1935
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

A grim look at the brutality of American corporations abroad, greatly weakened by a hokey ending that nearly saps its power. O'Brien stars as an ambitious oil company representative in China whose blind faith in the company almost ruins his life. His first baby dies in childbirth because O'Brien is overly devoted to saving the corporation money and refuses...read more

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A grim look at the brutality of American corporations abroad, greatly weakened by a hokey ending that nearly saps its power. O'Brien stars as an ambitious oil company representative in China whose blind faith in the company almost ruins his life. His first baby dies in childbirth because

O'Brien is overly devoted to saving the corporation money and refuses a more expensive delivery. His best friend Eldredge loses a minor sales contract, so the fanatical O'Brien fires him. These events nearly cause his wife Hutchinson to walk out on him, but then O'Brien risks his life to save

$15,000 the Chinese Communists have their eye on and he is shot. After a long hospital stay, O'Brien finds himself rewarded by the company with a demotion. Here's where Hollywood steps in and ruins a perfectly realistic ending. Soon after O'Brien's demotion, the managing director of the oil

company in New York hears of the injustice and places a phone call setting things straight. Remade in 1941 as LAW OF THE TROPICS.

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