DirectorHarold S. Bucquet
Jack Conway WriterMarguerite Roberts, Jane Murfin Release dateJuly 20, 1944 (1944-07-20) Based onThe Dragon Seed
by Pearl S. Buck DirectorsHarold S. Bucquet, Jack Conway ScreenplayMarguerite Roberts, Jane Murfin CastKatharine Hepburn (Jade Tan), Walter Huston (Ling Tan), Aline MacMahon (Ling Tan's Wife), Akim Tamiroff (Wu Lien), Turhan Bey (Lao Er Tan - Middle Son), Hurd Hatfield (Lao San Tan - Youngest Son) Similar moviesPearl S Buck wrote the story for Dragon Seed and The Good Earth
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Dragon Seed is a 1944 war drama film starring Katharine Hepburn. Based on a best-selling book by Pearl S. Buck, the film portrays a peaceful village in China that has been invaded by the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese war. The men in the village choose to adopt a peaceful attitude toward their conquerors; but the headstrong Jade (Hepburn) stands up to the Japanese.
Aline MacMahon was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
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A peaceful Chinese village is invaded by the Japanese prior to World War II. The men elect to adopt a peaceful 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 be properly equipped for both psychological and physical combat. Jade's attitude spreads to the rest of the village, convincing even the staunchest of male traditionalists that the Japanese can be defeated only by offering a strong united front; male and female.
Katharine Hepburn as Jade
Walter Huston as Ling Tan
Aline MacMahon as Ling Tan's Wife
Akim Tamiroff as Wu Lien
Turhan Bey as Lao Er Tan
Hurd Hatfield as Lao San Tan
J. Carrol Naish as Japanese Kitchen Overseer
Agnes Moorehead as Third Cousin's Wife
Henry Travers as Third Cousin
Robert Bice as Lao Ta Tan
Robert Lewis as Captain Sato
Frances Rafferty as Orchid Tan
Leonard Strong as a Japanese Official
Jacqueline deWit as Wu Lien's Wife
Clarence Lung as Fourth Cousin
Paul E. Burns as Neighbor Shen
Anna Demetrio as Wu Sao
According to MGM records the film earned $3,033,000 in the US and Canada and $1,594,000 elsewhere but because of its high cost incurred a loss to the studio of $281,000.