China Gate

China Gate

DVD - 2013
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Set during the Vietnam War near the end of French involvement, "China Gate" is about mercenaries who are traveling through enemy territory all the way to the Chinese border where they will blow up an enemy arms depot. A smuggler named Lucky Legs (Angie Dickenson) agrees to help them by using her connections and in return they will send her illegitimate son to America. The racist father of the son (Gene Barry) is also part of the group. Lucky Legs must manipulate a Eurasian guerilla leader, Major Cham (Lee Van Cleef), who has fallen in love with her to gain access to the base. Among the members of the group is Goldie who is played by Nat King Cole.
Publisher: [United States] : Mongrel Media, 2013
Edition: DVD
Branch Call Number: DVD China g
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in

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Jun 08, 2017

This film released in 1957 should be of interest to those studying the history of the racism of the Hollywood film industry from its very beginnings until today. Samuel Fuller directed this rather ordinary, somewhat low budget, film about French Foreign Legionnaires from various countries fighting to help France dominate its colony of Vietnam (way before America's involvement). Fuller was one of the very few American directors of that time that were interested in exploring the subject of American white supremacy. While the film included the controversy of including a black lead, singer Nat King Cole, the victim of the American white racism was perpetrated against a very young Chinese or Vietnamese boy.

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