Java Head
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Directed byThorold Dickinson
Written byJoseph Hergesheimer (novel)
Gordon Wellesley
Martin Brown
Produced byBasil Dean
StarringAnna May Wong
Elizabeth Allan
Ralph Richardson
John Loder
CinematographyRobert Martin
Edited byDavid Lean
Music byErnest Irving
Distributed byABFD
Release date
August 1934
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Java Head is a 1934 British historical drama film directed by Thorold Dickinson and J. Walter Ruben. It stars Anna May Wong, Elizabeth Allan and Ralph Richardson.[1]


The son of a wealthy Bristol shipping magnate marries a Chinese noblewoman, but she soon becomes aware that he is in fact in love with another woman.



The screenplay was written by Gordon Wellesley and Carol Reed served as an assistant director.[2] The film is an adaptation of a novel by Joseph Hergesheimer of the same name. Its sets were designed by Edward Carrick.

A previous silent version was directed in 1923 by George Melford for Paramount Pictures. It starred Leatrice Joy. The silent version is considered a lost film.


The film has received critical acclaim from modern day critics. The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 80% of critics gave the film a positive review based on 5 reviews.[3]


  1. ^ "Java Head". IMDb.
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  3. ^ "Java Head (1934)". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango. Retrieved 29 March 2022.