Many passengers on the Shanghai Express are more concerned that the notorious Shanghai Lil is on board than the fact that a civil war is going on that may make the trip take more than three... See full summary »
Josef von Sternberg
Anna May Wong
George Milton and Lennie Small are migrant workers in the 1930s Depression. Lennie is mentally disabled and George looks after him. While working as hands on a Western ranch, they dream of ... See full summary »
Lon Chaney Jr.,
Iris has a dead-end job in a match-factory, lives with her dour and forbidding parents, and her social life is a disaster. But when she is made pregnant after a one-night stand by a man who... See full summary »
In Hungary, a prosperous and happy family of farmers take in a Gypsy girl, Nubi, when she runs away from her "cruel" master. Her fickle and seductive nature soon causes discord among the ... See full summary »
The Vasquez family are one of the oldest families in San Francisco, but their day of glory is past and now all that remains of them are an old man and his granddaughter, the innocent Dolores. The villainous Chris Buckwell wants to steal their land and ranch from them, even using unfair means to get his hands on it. One of his employees' has a nephew who falls for Dolores, however, and together they make plans to save the ranch. Unfortunately for them, Buckwell has a secret and discovering it might prove dangerous. Written by
This movie was probably a little stale when it was first released in 1927. Dolores Costello is beautiful, but doesn't seem to really be trying to act (from this effort, you can't tell whether she was a good or a bad actress). Oland is sinister but he is only going through the motions of his basic "sinister act". Charles Mack is a typical perky 1920's leading man, but appears just average and generic for the times.
In contrast, the old actor who portrays Costello's grandfather does a great job of overcoming the general flatness of the production and the other stars (in addition to being a very competent actor, he is really trying to emote and you can see the good result). His strong acting contrasts with Costello's no-effort, pretty-smile stroll and makes their scenes together noticeably out of sync for me.
The production values are as good as any high-quality "costume drama" of the era but somehow the writing and the general production has a staleness and lack of originality. Also, the racial slurs are uncomfortable to watch.
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