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Shanghai Express (1932)

Passed  -  Adventure | Drama | Romance  -  12 February 1932 (USA)
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Many passengers on the Shanghai Express are more concerned that the notorious Shanghai Lil is on board than the fact that a civil war is going on that may make the trip take more than three... See full summary »

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Cast

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Shanghai Lily
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Captain 'Doc' Harvey
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Hui Fei
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Mr. Henry Chang
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Sam Salt
Lawrence Grant ...
Reverend Mr. Carmichael
Louise Closser Hale ...
Mrs. Haggerty
Gustav von Seyffertitz ...
Eric Baum
Emile Chautard ...
Major Lenard
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Storyline

Many passengers on the Shanghai Express are more concerned that the notorious Shanghai Lil is on board than the fact that a civil war is going on that may make the trip take more than three days. The British Army doctor, Donald Harvey, knew Lil before she became a famous "coaster." A fellow passenger defines a coaster as "a woman who lives by her wits along the China coast." When Chinese guerillas stop the train, Dr. Harvey is selected as the hostage. Lil saves him, but can she make him believe that she really hasn't changed from the woman he loved five years before? Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Many Men Had Loved Her -- but only one had been loved in return !


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12 February 1932 (USA)  »

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El expreso de Shanghai  »

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Trivia

Director Josef von Sternberg designed the atmospheric sets alongside art director Hans Dreier. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in northern China (Peking to Shanghai). The government and warlord soldiers are speaking Taishanese, which is a southern Chinese dialect not generally spoken in northern China. The northern dialects of Mandarin Chinese (a Beijing dialect) and/or Shanghainese would be spoken instead. See more »

Quotes

Shanghai Lily: When I needed your faith, you withheld it; and now, when I don't need it, and don't deserve it, you give it to me.
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Great Film Classic !
6 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Always enjoy films from the 1930's and especially this one, which stars Marlene Dietrich,(Shanghai Lily),"Touch of Evil",'58, who looks very young and trim and plays a woman who has been around the block quite a few times. Lily is still in love with a long lost lover and she once again gets involved with him on the "Shanghai Express", along with quite a few other characters on the mysterious train ride. Warner Oland,(Mr. Henry Chang), a great veteran actor who performed in many "Charlie Chan Films in the 1930's, gave a great supporting role along with another veteran actor, Eugene Palette(Sam Salt),"The Cheaters",'45. If you love an excellently produced Classic Film, this is the film for YOU!!


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