Overview

The story follows Wang Lung (Paul Muni), a humble farmer, who makes an arranged marriage to a slave, O-Lan (Luise Rainer). The couple's great struggle is to procure--and then, against withering odds, keep--a piece of land, ownership of which makes the difference between self-determination and near-slavery. The film's physical production is truly eye-filling, with location shooting in China providing exterior shots and backdrops (and blending seamlessly with the footage shot in the U.S.). No wonder the great cinematographer Karl Freund won an Oscar for the photography, which includes an awesomely staged locust plague.

  1. Sidney Franklin

    Director

  2. Claudine West

    Screenplay

  3. Tess Slesinger

    Screenplay

  4. Pearl S. Buck

    Novel

  5. Talbot Jennings

    Screenplay

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Status Released

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  • August 6, 1937
    Theatrical

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 18m

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