History Film / TheSandPebbles

8th Jun '16 8:24:39 AM AllenbysEyes88
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* ComplainingAboutRescuesTheyDontLike: Jameson does this twice. [[spoiler:It gets him killed the second time.]]
31st May '16 11:23:55 PM hpl
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** Ironically, Holman doesn't really mind at first because he doesn't have to deal with all the ceremonial military stuff that he feels distracts him from actually doing his job of keeping the ship running.
28th May '16 1:51:00 PM Mdumas43073
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12th Apr '16 10:42:46 PM YT45
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* DownerEnding: Captain Collins takes ''San Pablo'' upriver to rescue the missionaries, losing lots of men in the process, only to find that [[SenselessSacrifice they don't want to be rescued]], and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero blame the American gunboat's incursion for provoking violence with the Nationalist Army]]. Jameson argues with the Captain until a platoon of Nationalist soldiers show up, and Jameson finds out the hard way that they are in a "shoot first" kind of mood. While the Sailors apparently are able to get Shirley to safety, Jameson, Captain Collins, and Holman are all killed in the gunfight.

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* DownerEnding: Captain Collins takes ''San Pablo'' upriver to rescue the missionaries, losing lots of men in the process, only to find that [[SenselessSacrifice they don't want to be rescued]], and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero blame the American gunboat's incursion for provoking violence with the Nationalist Army]]. Jameson argues with the Captain until a platoon of Nationalist soldiers show up, and Jameson finds out the hard way that they are in a "shoot first" kind of mood. While the Sailors apparently are able to get Shirley to safety, Jameson, Captain Collins, and Holman are all killed in the gunfight.



* SwordAndGun: The boat's Captain in the battle at the river barricade. Though this, along with his [[BlingOfWar dress whites]], was actually regulation for any US Navy warship in combat in 1926.

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* SwordAndGun: The boat's Captain in the battle at the river barricade. Though this, along with his [[BlingOfWar dress whites]], was actually [[TruthInTelevision regulation for any US Navy warship in combat in 1926.1926]].
12th Apr '16 10:40:15 PM YT45
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* DownerEnding: Captain Collins takes ''San Pablo'' upriver to rescue the missionaries, losing lots of men in the process, only to find that [[SenselessSacrifice they don't want to be rescued]], and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero blame the American gunboat's incursion for provoking violence with the Nationalist Army]]. Jameson argues with the Captain until a platoon of Nationalist soldiers show up, and Jameson finds out the hard way that they are in a "shoot first" kind of mood. While the Sailors apparently are able to get Shirley to safety, Jameson, Captain Collins, and Holman are all killed in the gunfight.

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* DownerEnding: Captain Collins takes ''San Pablo'' upriver to rescue the missionaries, losing lots of men in the process, only to find that [[SenselessSacrifice they don't want to be rescued]], and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero blame the American gunboat's incursion for provoking violence with the Nationalist Army]]. Jameson argues with the Captain until a platoon of Nationalist soldiers show up, and Jameson finds out the hard way that they are in a "shoot first" kind of mood. While the Sailors apparently are able to get Shirley to safety, Jameson, Captain Collins, and Holman are all killed in the gunfight.



* IdiotBall: Whether [[SuicidalPacifist Jameson]] is right or wrong about ''San Pablo'' provoking the Nationalists, it is immediately obvious that they don't give two shits whose side he thinks he's on.



* SwordAndGun: The boat's Captain in the battle at the river barricade. Though this, along with his [[BlingOfWar dress whites]], was actually regulation for any US Navy warship in combat in 1926.

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* SwordAndGun: The boat's Captain in the battle at the river barricade. Though this, along with his [[BlingOfWar dress whites]], was actually regulation for any US Navy warship in combat in 1926.
12th Apr '16 10:37:07 PM YT45
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* DownerEnding: Captain Collins takes ''San Pablo'' upriver to rescue the missionaries, losing lots of men in the process, only to find that [[SenselessSacrifice they don't want to be rescued]], and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero blame the American gunboat's incursion for provoking violence with the Nationalist Army]]. Jameson argues with the Captain until a platoon of Nationalist soldiers show up, and Jameson finds out the hard way that they are in a "shoot first" kind of mood. While the Sailors apparently are able to get Shirley to safety, Jameson, Captain Collins, and Holman are all killed in the gunfight.

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* DownerEnding: Captain Collins takes ''San Pablo'' upriver to rescue the missionaries, losing lots of men in the process, only to find that [[SenselessSacrifice they don't want to be rescued]], and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero blame the American gunboat's incursion for provoking violence with the Nationalist Army]]. Jameson argues with the Captain until a platoon of Nationalist soldiers show up, and Jameson finds out the hard way that they are in a "shoot first" kind of mood. While the Sailors apparently are able to get Shirley to safety, Jameson, Captain Collins, and Holman are all killed in the gunfight.



* SwordAndGun: The boat's Captain in the battle at the river barricade.

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* SwordAndGun: The boat's Captain in the battle at the river barricade. Though this, along with his [[BlingOfWar dress whites]], was actually regulation for any US Navy warship in combat in 1926.
12th Apr '16 10:34:49 PM YT45
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* DownerEnding: Captain Collins takes ''San Pablo'' upriver to rescue the missionaries, losing lots of men in the process, only to find that [[SenselessSacrifice they don't want to be rescued]], and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero blame the American gunboat's incursion for provoking violence with the Nationalist Army]]. Jameson argues with the Captain until a platoon of Nationalist soldiers show up, and Jameson finds out the hard way that they are in a "shoot first" kind of mood. While the Sailors apparently are able to get Shirley to safety, Jameson, Captain Collins, and Holman are all killed in the gunfight.

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* DownerEnding: Captain Collins takes ''San Pablo'' upriver to rescue the missionaries, losing lots of men in the process, only to find that [[SenselessSacrifice they don't want to be rescued]], and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero blame the American gunboat's incursion for provoking violence with the Nationalist Army]]. Jameson argues with the Captain until a platoon of Nationalist soldiers show up, and Jameson finds out the hard way that they are in a "shoot first" kind of mood. While the Sailors apparently are able to get Shirley to safety, Jameson, Captain Collins, and Holman are all killed in the gunfight.



* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: In keeping with Cold War politics, the Nationalists are depicted as [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned extremists]] with legitimate grievances who feel driven to violence. Less sympathetic are the DirtyCommunists, who try to goad the ''San Pablo'' into attacking them and incite [[spoiler:Po Han's death]]. Nobody [[GrayAndGreyMorality comes off well the end]].

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* TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized: In keeping with Cold War politics, the Nationalists are depicted as [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned extremists]] with legitimate grievances who feel driven to violence. Less sympathetic are the DirtyCommunists, who try to goad the ''San Pablo'' into attacking them and incite [[spoiler:Po Han's death]]. Nobody [[GrayAndGreyMorality comes off well the end]].end]], including the Americans.
12th Apr '16 10:31:57 PM YT45
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* DownerEnding: Captain Collins takes ''San Pablo'' upriver to rescue the missionaries, losing lots of men in the process, only to find that [[SenselessSacrifice they don't want to be rescued]], and blame the American gunboat's incursion for provoking violence with the Nationalist Army. While the Sailors apparently are able to get Shirley to safety, Jameson, Captain Collins, and Holman are all killed in the gunfight.

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* DownerEnding: Captain Collins takes ''San Pablo'' upriver to rescue the missionaries, losing lots of men in the process, only to find that [[SenselessSacrifice they don't want to be rescued]], and [[NiceJobBreakingItHero blame the American gunboat's incursion for provoking violence with the Nationalist Army. Army]]. Jameson argues with the Captain until a platoon of Nationalist soldiers show up, and Jameson finds out the hard way that they are in a "shoot first" kind of mood. While the Sailors apparently are able to get Shirley to safety, Jameson, Captain Collins, and Holman are all killed in the gunfight.
12th Apr '16 10:27:10 PM YT45
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In 1926, as [[UsefulNotes/NoMoreEmperors China is in the throes of warlordism and anarchy]], [[TheEngineer Machinist's Mate 1st Class]] Jake Holman ([=McQueen=]) is transferred from the US Asiatic Fleet's flagship in UsefulNotes/{{Shanghai}} to the Yangtze River Patrol gunboat USS ''San Pablo'', nicknamed the ''Sand Pebble'' by its crew. On the way, he meets Jameson, an idealistic missionary, and Shirley (Bergen), a young American woman who has just signed up for a teaching position in a missionary school.

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In 1926, as [[UsefulNotes/NoMoreEmperors China is in the throes of warlordism and anarchy]], [[TheEngineer Machinist's Mate 1st Class]] Jake Holman ([=McQueen=]) is transferred from the US Asiatic Fleet's flagship in UsefulNotes/{{Shanghai}} to the Yangtze River Patrol gunboat USS ''San Pablo'', nicknamed the ''Sand Pebble'' by its her crew. On the way, he meets Jameson, an idealistic missionary, and Shirley (Bergen), a young American woman who has just signed up for a teaching position in a missionary school.



Worsening tensions between Westerners and Chinese nationalist activists result in Po-han getting lynched by an angry mob. Jameson and Shirley are reluctantly put under ''San Pablo'''s protection, and the latter develops romantic feelings for Holman. Frenchie marries Maily in a secret ceremony and, while the boat is stuck offshore from Changsha for the winter, sneaks away every night to be with her. One day, as Holman is allowed ashore to carry mail, he shows up at Maily's room, finding her pregnant and Frenchie dead from pneumonia. Nationalist soldiers burst in and, the next day, Holman finds himself accused of Maily's murder.

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Worsening tensions between Westerners and Chinese nationalist activists result in Po-han getting lynched by an angry mob.mob (incited by Chinese communists). Jameson and Shirley are reluctantly put under ''San Pablo'''s protection, and the latter develops romantic feelings for Holman. Frenchie marries Maily in a secret ceremony and, while the boat is stuck offshore from Changsha for the winter, sneaks away every night to be with her. One day, as Holman is allowed ashore to carry mail, he shows up at Maily's room, finding her pregnant and Frenchie dead from pneumonia. Nationalist soldiers burst in and, the next day, Holman finds himself accused of Maily's murder.
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* DownerEnding: Captain Collins takes ''San Pablo'' upriver to rescue the missionaries, losing lots of men in the process, only to find that [[SenselessSacrifice they don't want to be rescued]], and blame the American gunboat's incursion for provoking violence with the Nationalist Army. While the Sailors apparently are able to get Shirley to safety, Jameson, Captain Collins, and Holman are all killed in the gunfight.
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