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The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938)





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This epic adventure chronicles the many exploits of the great 13th-century explorer. Along with his men and his cowardly sidekick, brave Polo endures shipwrecks, terrible sandstorms, and other natural disasters as they wend their way East. Once there, he is taken to the exotic court of Kublai Khan where the explorer falls in love with the beautiful princess, who an evil conspirator with eyes on the throne wants for himself. The power-mad, avaricious usurper will do anything to have that throne and many people die painfully at his cruel hands. He tries to get rid of handsome Polo by banishing him to the outlands where the Venetian meets a spirited bandit ruler. Polo talks the fun-loving thief into helping him invade Pekin to save Khan from the traitor. An enormous cavalry attack is launched against the great walled city. They are not stopped by the many arrows of the villain's warriors. Polo vanquishes them when he uses his new invention --gun powder-, and blows the evil doers to kingdom come, freeing the captured Khan. He engages in a thrilling sword fight with the villain and kills him. Polo then gathers the lovely princess into his arms and romance ensues. A young Lana Turner played one of the princess' handmaidens.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Drama
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Gary Cooper
as Marco Polo
Sigrid Gurie
as Princess Kukachin
Ernest Truex
as Binguccio
George Barbier
as Kublai Khan
Binnie Barnes
as Nazama
Alan Hale
as Kaidu
H.B. Warner
as Chen Tsu
Robert Greig
as Chamberlain
Ferdinand Gottschalk
as Persian Ambassador
Henry Kolker
as Nicolo Polo
Hale Hamilton
as Maffeo Polo
Lotus Liu
as Visahka
Harold Huber
as Toctai
Eugene Hoo
as Chen Tsu's Son
Ward Bond
as Mongol Guard
Helen Quan
as Chen Tsu's Daughter
Diane Toy
as Kaidu Entertainer
Granville Bates
as Venetian Businessman
Reginald Barlow
as Venetian Businessman
Theodore von Eltz
as Venetian Businessman
Jason Robards Sr.
as Messenger
Harry Kerua
as Kaidu Guard
Greta Granstedt
as Kaidu Maid
Soo Yong
as Chen Tsu's Wife
Mrs. Ng
as Chen Tsu's Mother
James B. Leong
as Tartar Warrior
Richard Alexander
as Ahmed's Aide
Harry Cording
as Kaidu Officer
Dick Rich
as Kaidu Officer
Joe Woody
as Kaidu Officer
Leo Fielding
as Kaidu Officer
Gloria Youngblood
as Court Girl
Diana Moncardo
as Court Girl
Dora Young
as Court Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Adventures of Marco Polo

All Critics (2)

Gary Cooper is appealing as the legendary explorer, but it's Basil rathbone who steals the show as the villain in this fictionalized biopic.

Full Review… | December 24, 2008

As soft as boiled pasta.

Full Review… | June 2, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The Adventures of Marco Polo


Its an amazing cast and the film looks good, but is showing its age. Gary Cooper playing Marco Polo is a huge stretch, actually the whole cast is a stretch with its suppose to be set in Venice then China but not even an accent other then American or British in the bunch. The plot basically revolves around Cooper being irrestible to all women, and thats pretty much it. Alan Hale does give a good performance and so does Basil Rathbone, but the story just does not cut it, very little adventure really. Look for Lana Turner in a very small role, one of her first.

Josh Hitch
Josh Hitch

5.5/10. Unusually innacurate historically, even for an old Hollywood film. The acting is fine, Gary Cooper is always worth a look. Over dramatic score, silly at times.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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