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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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Good silent drama 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 ... Extra in Nightclub Scene (uncredited)
Charles Paton ... Doorman (uncredited)
Ellen Pollock ... Vamp (uncredited)
Jack Raine ... Extra 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 Elstree Story (1952)See more »
Soundtrack:
When Love Comes StealingSee more »

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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Good silent drama, 14 April 2006
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

Valentine Wilmot (Jameson Thomas) owns Club Piccadilly in England. He's in love with its leading dancer Mabel (Gilda Gray). However she's not pulling in the crowds and he hires unknown Shosho (Anna May Wong) to perform. She's a huge success and romances Valentine. Mabel gets jealous and leaves Piccadilly...but still wants Wilmot but he's falling for Shosho...

This movie is a showcase for Anna May Wong. Virtually unknown today she was the first Chinese-American star (and for a long time the only one). She's just great in this--beautiful, talented and can really dance. Thomas and Gray are also good in their roles. I'm really surprised they got this out--its made quite clear that Wilmot and Shosho have sex--interracial couplings like that must have been shocking at the time. This is beautifully directed by Arnold Bennett--there are many stunning sequences and most of the story is told by images--there are very few title cards. The only complaint I have is that it moves a little slow by today's standards. Still it's well worth seeing. I give it an 8.

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