The Chinese Bungalow (1930)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 73 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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The second of three versions of the Marion Osmond-James Corbett stage melodrama The Chinese Bungalow, this one was adapted for the screen by the playwrights themselves. Jill Esmond (then the wife of Laurence Olivier) plays Jean, a British girl who foolishly marries Chinese mandarin Yuan Sing (Matheson Lang). Even more foolishly, Jean then falls in love with countryman Richard Marquess (Ballard Barkely), prompting Yuan Sing to concoct a grisly revenge. As Jean's sister Charlotte, Anna Neagle is merely decorative, exhibiting little of the charisma which distinguished her later starring roles. Previously filmed in 1926 (with Matheson Lang in the same role), Chinese Bungalow was filmed again in 1956, by which time the villain had metamorphosed into a Chinese communist.

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killing, love, love-triangle, murder