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Director  Joseph H. Lewis
Country  United States
5.2/10 IMDb

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Language  English
Bombs Over Burma movie poster
Release date  June 5, 1943 (1943-06-05)
Writer  Joseph H. Lewis, George Wellington Pardy (story), Milton Raison

Bombs Over Burma (AKA The Devil's Sister), based on a story by Milton Raison, is a 1942 American war film. To depict the Chinese character faithfully, the star, Anna May Wong and other characters, speak Mandarin in the first few minutes of the film.

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Plot

In 1942, Chinese guerrillas fighting for the Allied cause in Burma during World War II are helping to build a road. During the construction of a military supply road like the Burma Road and Ledo Road, the project is sabotaged by an English nobleman who is a German agent.

Using a scientific device, the English nobleman is instrumental in the coordination of a Japanese air attack on supply trucks attempting to cross a key bridge. A Chinese school teacher (Anna May Wong) reveals the schemes of the traitor, and brings about his destruction at the hands of Chinese peasants armed with picks and shovels.

Cast

As appearing in Bombs Over Burma, (main roles and screen credits identified):

  • Anna May Wong as Lin Ying
  • Noel Madison as Me-Hoi
  • Leslie Denison as Sir Roger Howe
  • Nedrick Young as Slim Jenkins
  • Dan Seymour as Pete Brogranza
  • Frank Lackteen as Hallam
  • Teala Loring as Lucy Dell
  • Dennis Moore as Tom Whitley
  • Connie Leon as Ma Sing
  • Hayward Soo Hoo as Ling
  • Richard Loo as Col. Kim
  • Paul Fung as Toy Vendor
  • Richard Wong as Servant
  • Production

    Lack of an adequate budget and a two-week shooting schedule hampered the production, limiting Bombs Over Burma to "B-fare".

    Reception

    Production values doomed Bombs Over Burma both at the box office and with critics. The review in The New York Times succinctly called it a "dud", loaded with stock shots, even recognizable "California architecture." Later reviews such as that of Leonard Maltin, noted that the film was an "... interesting if failed attempt to make a hard-hitting, topical film ... Director/cowriter Lewis' visual flair can't save a talky, pedestrian script. Wong comes off well, as usual."

    Availability

    Alpha Video released the film on region-1 DVD on June 28, 2005.

    References

    Bombs Over Burma Wikipedia
    Bombs Over Burma IMDb Bombs Over Burma themoviedb.org


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