The most lavish of four major films based on the exploits of the 13th-century Venetian traveler, Marco Polo, Goldwyn's version has Cooper and his whining, cringing aide, Truex, more pathetic than humorous, survive sandstorms, shipwrecks, and avalanches en route to the Orient. As the first
white man into China (or the first to record a visit), Cooper is a witty but wary Polo immersed in the court intrigues of Kublai Khan, expansively played by Barbier. Cooper falls in love with Gurie, a princess coveted by the evil Rathbone, who also covets the Khan's enormous kingdom, murdering and
torturing in his climb to power. Rathbone schemes a way to have Cooper temporarily b...