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Piccadilly (1929)

TV-PG | | Drama, Crime | 1 June 1929 (USA)
A young Chinese woman, working in the kitchen at a London dance club, is given the chance to become the club's main act which soon leads to a plot of betrayal, forbidden love and murder.

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Storyline

The star attraction of the Piccadilly Club is the dancing team of Mabel and Vic. Victor is infatuated with Mabel, but she rejects his advances, since she is in love with Valentine Wilmot, the club's owner. One night, as Mabel and Vic perform their act, there is a disruption caused by a customer who is unhappy about a dirty plate. When Wilmot goes back to the kitchen to investigate, he finds several employees in the scullery watching Shosho, one of the dishwashers, dancing on a table. That night, Wilmot fires both Shosho and Victor. But the club's sagging fortunes soon lead him to re-evaluate Shosho's talent. Written by Snow Leopard

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Trivia

This film was screened for free at the Royal Festival Hall in London on Saturday 12th September 2009 as part of the Thames Festival. It was accompanied by a live performance of a new score written by Ruth Chen and Suki Mok. See more »

Goofs

During the inquest, the handgun is repeatedly referred to as a revolver. It is obviously a small semiautomatic, and not a revolver. See more »

Quotes

Valentine Wilmot: Just imagine the whole place being upset by one little Chinese girl in the scullery. Dancing in the scullery - and upsetting your dancing in the restaurant!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear on the sides of London buses. See more »

Connections

Featured in Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

When Love Comes Stealing
(1928) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Erno Rapee, Lew Pollack and Walter Hirsch
The sheet music is shown onscreen; possibly used in the score
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Anna May Wong shines
18 February 2000 | by (Albany NY) – See all my reviews

Multiple sexual entanglements and jealousies keep things tense at the Piccadilly club. Anna May Wong shines as a dishwasher who becomes the club's star attraction. This film shows what Wong was capable of, and the talent Hollywood wasted by not giving her starring roles. Nice cameo by Charles Laughton as a drunken boor. The compelling sexual and ethnic politics are exploited to full effect by director E.A. Dupont.


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