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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.

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(from the novel: "Ordeal" by), (dramatized for the screen by)
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Dorothy Daley
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Viola Thorpe
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Paul Thorpe
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Lady Daley
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Ted
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Pete
Jack McDonald ...
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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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THE FIRST ALL-TALKING DRAME FILMED ENTIRELY ON THE HIGH SEAS! (original poster - all caps) See more »

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Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

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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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Soundtracks

Singin in the Rain
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Played by a band in a Shanghai nightclub as dance music and sung in a Chinese dialect by the band members
Sung also by Conrad Nagel in English as he danced with Kay Johnson
Reprised a cappella by Conrad Nagel aboard the yacht
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Early Talkie May Be Historically Interesting
28 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, this early talkie is not the smoothest production to watch. And some of the acting could have been more subtle. But I found it interesting to watch--mostly because it represents an historic era in filmmaking.

The story is about a small group of idle rich who decide to sail a yacht across the Pacific. During the trip, they are ignorant of the crew's dissatisfaction with the way they are treated. The steward, Ted, especially is resentful of his lot in life. He privately vents his anger over having to wait hand and foot for people who, he feels, are no better than he.

Due to uncontrollable circumstances, the situation changes. Class distinctions break down and Ted makes a power play, motivated by revenge and his perception of "justice".

Variations of this story have been filmed numerous times since, which makes me wonder if some of them originated from this film. There are definite similarities between this film and "Swept Away", which I heartily recommend--the original directed by Lina Wertmuller.


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