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The Ship from Shanghai (1930)

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



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Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Daley
Viola Thorpe
Holmes Herbert ...
Paul Thorpe
Zeffie Tilbury ...
Lady Daley
Ivan Linow ...
Jack McDonald ...


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 <>

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Release Date:

31 January 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A bordo del 'Shanghai'  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Howard Vazey: It isn't a jazz band; its a band of angels.
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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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Unfortunate floundering
27 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Early talkie could have been good but the hideous performance of Louis Wolheim and bad direction kill this effort despite some good work by Kay Johnson, Zeffie Tilbury, and Carmel Myers. Even Conrad Nagel is not all that bad, but the endless monologues of Wolheim kill any tempo this film might have had plus he's just plain bad. This is one of several talkie flops that ruined Nagel's starring career; this is also Myers' first major talkie. Too bad. She was interesting. Johnson has a couple of dynamite scene, and Tilbury (famous as the grandmother in The Grapes of Wrath a decade later) is awfully good as Lady Daley. Holmes Herbert, Jack MacDonald, and Ivan Linow co-star.

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