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Dale Collins (from the novel: "Ordeal" by)
John Howard Lawson (dramatized for the screen by)
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Release Date:
31 January 1930 (USA) See more »
A Tornado of Human Emotions! (original poster) See more »
On a yacht sailing from Shanghai to the United States, the sailors, led by the megalomaniac steward, revolt and take control. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Conrad Nagel ... Howard Vazey

Kay Johnson ... Dorothy Daley

Carmel Myers ... Viola Thorpe

Holmes Herbert ... Paul Thorpe

Zeffie Tilbury ... Lady Daley

Louis Wolheim ... Ted

Ivan Linow ... Pete
Jack McDonald ... Reid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Henry Armetta ... Sailor (uncredited)

Willie Fung ... Shanghai Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Pietro Gentile ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Pat Harmon ... Sailor (uncredited)
Albert MacQuarrie ... Sailor (uncredited)
Pat Moriarity ... Sailor (uncredited)

Kane Richmond ... Shanghai Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Floyd Shackelford ... Sailor (uncredited)
Otto Yamaoka ... Shanghai Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Brabin 
Writing credits
Dale Collins (from the novel: "Ordeal" by)

John Howard Lawson (dramatized for the screen by)

Alfred Block  titles (uncredited)
Madeleine Ruthven  titles (uncredited)

Original Music by
William Axt (foreign version) (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ira H. Morgan (photographed by) (as Ira Morgan)
Film Editing by
Grant Whytock (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Costume Design by
Howard Greer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording engineer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Cox .... wardrobe
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67 min | USA:69 min (copyright length)
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Rich vs the Poor, 2 January 2014
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

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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