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The Ship from Shanghai (1930)

Passed | | Action, Crime, Drama | 31 January 1930 (USA)
On a yacht sailing from Shanghai to the United States, the sailors, led by the megalomaniac steward, revolt and take control.



(from the novel: "Ordeal" by), (dramatized for the screen by)
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A yachting party of rich socialites sailing from Shanghai falls into the hand of a mutineering crew, and are subsequently at the mercy of the merciless whims of a half-mad ship's steward who has gained control of the water supply. That is with the exception of Lady Daley who is quite indifferent to the whole affair. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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What starts out as a Gay Yachting Party Turns in to a Voyage of Terror and Excitement Such as Will Leave You Breathless! (original-ad) See more »


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31 January 1930 (USA)  »

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A bordo del 'Shanghai'  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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You Were Meant For Me
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Played by a band in a Shanghai nightclub as dance music
Sung a cappella by Conrad Nagel aboard the yacht
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Rich vs the Poor
2 January 2014 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Ship from Shanghai (1930)

** (out of 4)

Squeaky, early talkie from MGM has a bunch of rich, spoiled people (including Conrad Nagel and Kay Johnson) out on a yacht when the crew, led by Louis Wolheim, decide to overtake it and have some fun on their own. THE SHIP FROM SHAGHAI has three familiar faces but sadly the end result is pretty lame and it's "C" level production makes you feel as if you're watching a poverty row studio instead of someone like MGM. What's interesting about this film is that it seems to have a message to get across but sadly the characters are just so deadly dull that it never really happens. I'm sure there's a message saying that the rich shouldn't be snobs and I'm sure the writers enjoyed having these poor crew members seek revenge but to me there was just a bunch of stereotypes and very little else. There's a romance involving Nagel and Johnson that never goes anywhere and the amount of screen time devoted to it is just weak. There are a lot of scenes with Wolheim sounding off about a variety of issues but it adds up to nothing. In fact, I'm really not sure what's up with Wolheim's performance but it's certainly a strange one. At times he appears to be acting drunk while at other times he comes across mentally slow. I'm not sure what they were trying to do with his character but it never really worked. Fans of the stars might want to check this out just to see them in early roles but sadly the film really doesn't do much but thankfully it only lasts 67-minutes.

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