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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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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
 (From MUBI. 18 September 2013, 6:38 PM, PDT)

The Forgotten: Going Underground
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Seductive Anna May Wong in stylish nightclub melodrama 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)

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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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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32 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Seductive Anna May Wong in stylish nightclub melodrama, 16 August 2000

Tracking through a bustling nightclub kitchen, back into the scullery, amidst steaming washtubs, the camera finds a woman in torn stockings dancing a slow shimmy on a tabletop: a slow upward pan reveals the alluring Anna May Wong in a Pabstian moment of erotic revelation. In the course of this drama, director E.A. DuPont devises several more such clock-stopping moments as the star poses behind an etched glass screen or stretches her body in a geometrically beaded gown.

When Wong makes her debut before the nightclub audience-- sporting an ersatz Thai get-up and fluttering her fingers this way and that---it is clear that she really can't dance at all, ironically making DuPont's contribution seem even more impressive . When this performance causes an unlikely sensation, rival dancer Gilda Gray gets so jealous that she faints in a heap of feathers. [Famed as the actual creator of the shimmy, Gray demonstrates it here with lots of vigorous jiggling.]

Paralleling her rise to dance stardom, Wong's wardrobe gets increasingly elegant, while the conflicts mount: quarreling over nightclub impresario Jameson Thomas [a nicely subtle performance], Gray argues "He's too old for you!" and Wong ripostes "You're too old for him." Both have a point. Eventually, with the help of some Limehouse ruffians, a gun, and a dagger, it all ends in a courtoom.

Apart from a brief appearance by Charles Laughton as a fastidious diner, DuPont pays no attention to the café society patrons of the Piccadilly Club. His interest lies with the performers---including skinny Cyril Ritchard as a hoofer---and in his own adventurous style: the camera seldom stops moving, once even circling 360 degrees, yet the end impression is not of indulgent artiness. DuPont points the camera down through the whirring blades of overhead fans, or into distorted mirrors---virtuoso effects but somehow serving vitality, a sense of events happening in the moment.

The distributor, World Wide Pictures, uses the end titles to trumpet its memorable motto: "Photoplays made where the story's laid".

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