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The Adventures of Marco Polo Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

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

Crew

Archie Mayo
Director
Samuel Goldwyn
Producer
Rudolph Maté
Cinematographer
Hugo W. Friedhofer
Composer (Music Score)
Alfred Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Fred Allen
Editor
Richard Day
Art Director
George Haight
Associate Producer
Julia Heron
Set Designer
Omar Kiam
Costume Designer
James Basevi
Special Effects
Walter Mayo
First Assistant Director
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