Cast: Attenborough Richard; Chun Paul; Coghlan Jr. Frank; Crenna Richard; Di Reda Joe; Duran Larry; Ferry Stephen; Fish Ted; Gates Larry; Hong James; Hopkins Alan; Jahn Stephen; Janes Loren; Jeter James; Kelly-Schleyer Robert; Lee Tommy; Loo Richard; Lormer Jon; MacLeod Gavin; Mako; McQueen Steve; Middleton Tom; Oakland Simon; Perkins Gil; Phillips Barney; Rainey Ford; Reed Walter; Robinson Charles; Sanders Shepherd; Trikonis Gus; Turkel Joe; Wang Henry; Wilder Glenn R.; Wright Ben; Arsan Emmanuelle; Bergen Candice; Quo Beulah; Maguire Charles H.; Wise Robert; Anderson Robert; McKenna Richard; MacDonald Joseph; Goldsmith Jerry; Reniй; Reynolds William; Callow Alan; Misiner Harley; Schwartz Irving; Zuberano Maurice; Leven Boris
Taglines: THE STORY OF MEN…men who disturbed the sleeping dragon of China as the world watched in terror!
This is the heroic story of the men on the U.S.S. San Pablo who disturbed the sleeping dragon of savage China as the threatened world watched in breathless terror
Storyline: Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat U.S.S. San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of the Yangtze in the middle of exploited and revolution-torn 1926 China. His iconoclasm and cynical nature soon clash with the “rice-bowl” system which runs the ship and the uneasy symbiosis between Chinese and foreigner on the river. Hostility towards the gunboat’s presence reaches a climax when the boat must crash through a river-boom and rescue missionaries upriver at China Light Mission.
In 1926, U.S. naval engineer Jake Holman is assigned to the gun boat U.S.S. San Pablo – nicknamed the Sand Pebble – this being the latest in a very long string of assignments due to a unyielding view of his work leading to conflicts with many of his colleagues and ship captains. Life on the Sand Pebble is no different. The Sand Pebble is patrolling the interior waters of China, where the the U.S. government is trying to protect its interests in the face of Nationalist and Communist battles against the feudal warlords. On board the Sand Pebble, Holman must deal with a captain whose wants often do not match what Holman can carry out. Ultimately the Sand Pebble is placed under quiet siege by the Chinese who are using this action as a symbol of the unwanted U.S. presence. Holman is implicated in an incident which could cause the start of an “all out” war, and as such places him in a bad position with his shipmates. Amidst all this turmoil, two romances occur, the first between Holman’s colleague, good-hearted Frenchy Burgoyne and a slave girl named Maily, and the second between Holman and missionary schoolteacher, Shirley Eckert. Both romances face major obstacles.