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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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(5 articles)
The Forgotten: That Glaring Young Man on the Flying Trapeze
 (From MUBI. 18 September 2013, 6:38 PM, PDT)

The Forgotten: Going Underground
 (From MUBI. 22 August 2013, 4:03 AM, PDT)

Joyce Redman obituary
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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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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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15 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Wow, 6 June 2006
Author: The_Triad from Gloucester, England

Piccadilly is just amazing. Right from the start I was instantly impressed with the costumes and settings, obviously being a silent film set in the period it was made, it felt like I was watching a piece of history, like being put in a time machine for a few hours. The look and feel of the film are worth a ten on their own, to be honest, but in reviewing it, I felt I could only give it a good review if it's other elements, plot, acting etc. were up to scratch, and they were too. In the few silent films I've seen, the acting has been very "stage acting" over the top and dramatic, so I was expecting to see more hams than I'd see in a butcher, but I got some really great performances, I was really impressed, especially by King Ho Chang who played Jim. Right, plot summary then, the film is about the Piccadilly Club losing it's main attraction, a dancer named Victor, and discovering his successor in the club's own scullery. What then follows is a typical love triangle plot, between the new dancer, Shosho, the club owner, Valentine and Victor's old dance partner, Mabel. As simple as the plot sounds, despite being made 77 years ago it manages to not come off clichéd, which is a remarkable achievement. The fact that it is a silent film I think helped it in my eyes. To be honest, if this were made as a "talkie" I think I would have found it harder to like, as the great constant score gave these images a beautiful dreamlike quality and to strip it away for just a few seconds to hear actors speaking dialogue would have certainly destroyed it. Maybe it was just that Piccadilly was the first really decent silent film I've sat down and paid attention to, maybe it's that I was in the mood for it, or maybe it is just a great film.

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