The Adventures of Marco Polo

The Adventures of Marco Polo

Gary Cooper
Director: Archie Mayo Cast: Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
, Sigrid Gurie
Sigrid Gurie
, Basil Rathbone
Basil Rathbone
Archie Mayo


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Gary Cooper stars in this lavish and often comic retelling of the life of the famed Italian explorer. Marco Polo (Cooper) crosses the sea in search of treasure and adventure, with the help of his loyal if cowardly sidekick Binguccio (Ernest Truex), and finds both in China, where as the nation's first European visitor he is introduced to several practical innovations, such as pasta and explosives. He is also introduced to Kublai Khan (George Barbier), China's wise and benevolent Emperor, and the Emperor's lovely daughter, Princess Kukuchin (Sigrid Gurie). Romance begins to bloom between Marco and the Princess, but Ahmed (Basil Rathbone), the Emperor's ill-tempered assistant, also has his eyes on the Princess, and he is determined to win her hand and usurp Kublai Khan as China's leader. The Adventures of Marco Polo was part of a major star build-up that producer Samuel Goldwyn had engineered for actress Sigrid Gurie, but much of Goldwyn's publicity eventually backfired when it was learned that his Norwegian discovery, "The Siren of the Fjords," was born in the less exotic locale of Brooklyn, New York.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2014
UPC: 0888574071080
Original Release: 1938
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:44:00
Sales rank: 9,574

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Cooper Marco Polo
Sigrid Gurie Princess Kukuchin
Basil Rathbone Ahmed
George Barbier Kublai Khan
Binnie Barnes Nazama
Ernest Truex Binguccio
Alan Hale Kaidu
H.B. Warner Chen Tsu
Ferdinand Gottschalk Persian Ambassador
Henry Kolker Nicolo Polo
Hale Hamilton Mateo Polo
Lotus Liu Visahka
Stanley Fields Bayan
Harold Huber Toctai
Lana Turner Maid
Granville Bates Actor
Harry Cording Actor
Greta Granstedt Kaidu Maid
Dick Rich Actor
Theodore Von Eltz Businessman of Venice
Gloria Youngblood Actor
Robert Greig Chamberlain
Reginald Barlow Giuseppe
Ward Bond Mongol Guard
Jason Robards Messenger
Soo Yong Chen Tsu's Wife
Richard Alexander Ahmed's Aide
James B. Leong Tartar Warrior

Technical Credits
Archie Mayo Director
Fred Allen Editor
James Basevi Special Effects
Richard Day Art Director
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer
Samuel Goldwyn Producer
George Haight Associate Producer
Julia Heron Set Decoration/Design
Omar Kiam Costumes/Costume Designer
Oscar Lagerstrom Sound/Sound Designer
Rudolph Maté Cinematographer
Walter Mayo Asst. Director
Thomas T. Moulton Sound/Sound Designer
Alfred Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert E. Sherwood Screenwriter

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