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Writer:
Arnold Bennett (an original screen play by)
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Release Date:
1 June 1929 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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The Forgotten: That Glaring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze
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The Forgotten: Going Underground
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Joyce Redman obituary
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Film's shortcomings more than redeemed by Anna May Wong See more (33 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gilda Gray ... Mabel Greenfield

Anna May Wong ... Shosho
Jameson Thomas ... Valentine Wilmot

Charles Laughton ... A Nightclub Diner
Cyril Ritchard ... Victor Smiles (as Cyrill Ritchard)
King Hou Chang ... Jim (as King Ho Chang)
Hannah Jones ... Bessie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gordon Begg ... Coroner (uncredited)
Debroy Somers and His Band ... Band at the Piccadilly Club (uncredited)
John Longden ... Man from China (uncredited)

Ray Milland ... Diner in Nightclub Scene (uncredited)
Charles Paton ... Doorman (uncredited)
Ellen Pollock ... Vamp (uncredited)
Jack Raine ... Diner in Nightclub Scene (uncredited)
Debroy Somers ... Bandleader (uncredited)
Harry Terry ... Publican (uncredited)
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Directed by
Ewald André Dupont (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Arnold Bennett (an original screen play by)

Produced by
Ewald André Dupont .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Sheldon Mirowitz (2012)
Harry Gordon (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Werner Brandes (photography by)
 
Film Editing by
J.W. McConaughty (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Alfred Junge 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald Goetz .... assistant director (uncredited)
Edmond T. Gréville .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Fred Daniels .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Eugene Conte .... music compiler (US release)
 
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Runtime:
92 min | 109 min (restored version)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
UK:A (original rating) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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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:
Factual errors: During the inquest, the handgun is repeatedly referred to as a revolver. It is obviously a small semiautomatic, and not a revolver.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Silent Britain (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
When Love Comes StealingSee more »

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27 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Film's shortcomings more than redeemed by Anna May Wong, 27 July 2004
Author: modern_maiden

An enjoyable film with some great characters and an interesting story. The version I saw has an inappropriate and often irritating score that sounds about forty years too modern, and drastically takes away from the flapper-age energy and dance scenes. The beginning of the film is tedious, choosing to dwell a bit long on setting the scene, but once the main characters are introduced and the story begins to unfold, it captures and holds your attention.

Anna May Wong contributes the film's best performance. She has that rare, powerful aura that illuminates the screen, like Greta Garbo or Louise Brooks. When her character, Sho-Sho, is in a scene, you can only focus on her, and she carries you away with intensity conveyed by only the merest subtle expression.

The other actors were "okay" but nothing special. The characters of Victor and Mabel, presumably popular and adored dancers, failed to convince me that they had any charisma whatsoever. Sho-Sho's scenes with Valentine, the club owner who wants to make her a star (and his lover) are mesmerising, showing passion and titillating innuendo. But the really interesting relationship is that of Sho-Sho with "Jim", a Chinese fellow who seems to live with her -- is he a brother? a lover? it is unclear, but he is totally submissive to her and proud and jealous at the same time. She treats him like a dog, but they obviously have a close bond and need each other.

As a film in general, "Picadilly" is lacking on a few levels, but it is completely redeemed by Anna May Wong's presence. I can't give it a high rating overall, but I highly recommend it to Anna May Wong fans.

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