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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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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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Howard Vazey: It isn't a jazz band; its a band of angels.
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Sailing, Sailing (Over the Bounding Main)
(1880) (uncredited)
Written by Godfrey Marks
Sung a cappella by Conrad Nagel, Holmes Herbert, Carmel Myers and Zeffie Tilbury at the nightclub
Reprised a cappella by Conrad Nagel aboard the yacht
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Passable Early Talkie
2 January 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Thuggish steward (Louis Wolheim) leads a mutiny aboard a yacht. The first half of the film makes us kind of hate the rich passengers on the yacht, particularly the insipid romance of Conrad Nagel and Kay Johnson. But after the mutiny the film seems to shift sympathies back to them and away from the highly entertaining power-hungry steward. The whole movie centers on Louis Wolheim's intense performance. Wolheim died the year after this was released. I was surprised to find out he was actually a math teacher at Cornell before his acting career. This is an OK movie considering the age. It creaks a little but not as badly as some claim. Amusingly, despite living under harsh conditions adrift at sea for days or weeks with very little water or food, neither Nagel nor Johnson ever have their hair mussed up.


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