IMDb > Piccadilly (1929)
Piccadilly
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Piccadilly (1929) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 26 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
7.2/10   767 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 48% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Writer:
Arnold Bennett (an original screen play by)
Contact:
View company contact information for Piccadilly on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
1 June 1929 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
Plot Keywords:
NewsDesk:
(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
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 13 May 2012, 7:18 AM, PDT)

User Reviews:
Oriental Pearl of Picadilly 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
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)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
92 min | 109 min (restored version)
Country:
Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
UK:A (original rating) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

Did You Know?

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:
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 »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Oriental Pearl of Picadilly, 7 May 2006
Author: Bucs1960 from West Virginia

Anna May Wong may have been one of the most beautiful women in film history. She should have been a huge star but obviously racial prejudices of the time prevented it and Hollywood certainly badly misused her. In this film,made in England by the great E.A.DuPont, she proves that she could act as well as look good. Notice her controlled facial expressions and body movements....they are very low key in a time when acting was often over the top and bordering on "hammy".

The story concerns the rise of Ms. Wong (Shosho) as a dancer and inamorata of nightclub owner, Valentin (Jameson Thomas)....much to the distress of Mabel (Gilda Gray) as the featured act at the Picadilly and also a lover of the owner. Ms. Gray looks fat and frumpy and the line "You're too old for him" spoken to her by Shosho rings true. Things go from bad to worse and lead to the scene in Shosho's apartment which is the highlight of the film. Ms. Wong is absolutely terrific. Murder happens and the mysterious Jimmy gets involved. The resolution of that murder is unsatisfying and the ensuing trial mirrors the racial stereotypes of the times.

But all that aside, if you want to see a gloriously stunning woman and a wonderful performance, see this film. And by the way.....if you can figure out exactly what the relationship between Shosho and Jimmy is, let me know!

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (33 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Piccadilly (1929)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Playing on TCM A_Drop_of_Golden_Sun
Sam Blake - The Black Man in the Top Hat Welch57
Tinted episodes Blobsie
'Piccadilly' on TV ericmarcoux
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Singin' in the Rain Intermission The Bodyguard Notes on a Scandal Bright Young Things
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Drama section IMDb UK section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.