MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 44,439 this week

The Shanghai Drama (1938)
"Le drame de Shanghaï" (original title)

 -  Drama  -  10 January 1945 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 42 users  
Reviews: 3 user | 1 critic

A Russian emigrant sings in a Shanghai nightclub under the assumed name of Kay Murphy. All she dreams of is a peaceful life with her daughter Vera. But this is only a pipe dream as she has ... See full summary »

Director:

(as G.W. Pabst)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 3517 titles
created 09 Oct 2011
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Shanghai Drama (1938)

The Shanghai Drama (1938) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Shanghai Drama.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In Spain, in the sixteenth century, an elderly gentleman named Don Quixote has gone mad from reading too many books on chivalry. Proclaiming himself a knight, he sets out with his squire, ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Feodor Chaliapin Sr., George Robey, Oscar Asche
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A documentary about the life of Indians in Northern Canada.

Director: H.P. Carver
Stars: Chief Yellow Robe, Chief Buffalo Child Long Lance, Chief Akawanush
Monte Cristo (1922)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A film adaptation of the classic Alexandre Dumas novel. Edmond Dantes is falsely accused by those jealous of his good fortune, and is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in the ... See full summary »

Director: Emmett J. Flynn
Stars: John Gilbert, Estelle Taylor, Robert McKim
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The star of an upcoming Broadway production, Janet Hallson, walks out during rehersals. The producers of the show, Ted Sturgis, Leo Belney and Bob Dowdy begin to search a replacement. After... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Donen
Stars: Marge Champion, Gower Champion, Debbie Reynolds
Summer Storm (1944)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In this filmed Chekhov adaptation, Olga is an alluring peasant woman who lures cynical aristocrat Fedor away from his milquetoast fiancée, with tragic consequences.

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: Linda Darnell, George Sanders, Edward Everett Horton
Mad Love (1935)
Certificate: Passed Horror | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An insane surgeon's obsession with an actress leads him to replace her wounded pianist's hands with the hands of a knife murderer which still have the urge to throw knives.

Director: Karl Freund
Stars: Peter Lorre, Frances Drake, Colin Clive
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Curd Jürgens, Elisabeth Müller, Albert Lieven
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Albin Skoda, Oskar Werner, Lotte Tobisch
Der Prozeß (1948)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 1882 a country girl disappears from a small Hungarian village. The inhabitants suggest that she was murdered by the Jews. Everything is done to accuse them before the trial. A study in ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Ewald Balser, Marianne Schönauer, Ernst Deutsch
Pasha's Wives (1939)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Mireille, a Frenchwoman, has married a westernized Turkish diplomat. Thinking that she will live a dream life in an Arabian Nights setting, she accepts to follow Vedad Bey, her husband, to ... See full summary »

Directors: Marc Sorkin, Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Viviane Romance, John Lodge, Marcel Dalio
That Night (1933)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Directors: Georg Wilhelm Pabst, Marc Sorkin
Stars: Madeleine Soria, Lucien Rozenberg, William Aguet
The Comedians (1941)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Stars: Käthe Dorsch, Hilde Krahl, Henny Porten
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christl Mardayn ...
Mme Blonski / la chanteuse Kay Murphy (as Christiane Mardayne)
Louis Jouvet ...
L'aventurier Ivan
Raymond Rouleau ...
Le journaliste André Franchon
Dorville ...
Big-Bill, le patron de la boîte de nuit
Suzanne Desprès ...
La gouvernante Niania (as Suzanne Despres)
Elina Labourdette ...
Vera Blonski
Gabrielle Dorziat ...
La directrice du collège
Mila Parély ...
La capitaine des girls (as Mila Parely)
Robert Manuel ...
Le client attaqué (as Robert Manuel de la Comédie-Française)
Marcel Lupovici ...
Un tueur du Serpent Noir (as M. Lupovici)
Foun-Sen ...
Mme Tsé
Linh-Nam ...
Cheng
Ky Duyen ...
Mr. Wang (as Ky-Duyen)
Hoang-Dao
Ma
Edit

Storyline

A Russian emigrant sings in a Shanghai nightclub under the assumed name of Kay Murphy. All she dreams of is a peaceful life with her daughter Vera. But this is only a pipe dream as she has been forced by her former lover Ivan to work for a secret criminal organization, "The Black Dragon". Vera, who studies in a Hong Kong boarding-school, knows nothing about her mother's past. When Ivan, who is also Vera's father, resurfaces and blackmails Kay, the young woman is determined to fight back... Written by Guy Bellinger

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

10 January 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Shanghai Drama  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Si Tu Voyais Mon Coeur
Music by Ralph Erwin
Lyrics by Louis Poterat
Sung by Christl Mardayn
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The Shanghai texture
13 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is a very complicated story and the viewer -not familiar with the situation in China at the time- may sometimes feel lost.The first thirty minutes reveal an average script,which is going all over the place: a chanteuse who sings a little song every five minutes,her daughter in a fitting boarding-school (Gabrielle Dorziat as the headmistress,a three-minute part),a people hero,Tchang, a French journalist,an organization ,the "black dragon" ,this is really a Shanghai mixture.

In fact,this is as far-fetched as "Fraulein Doctor " aka "Salonique Nid d'Espions" which Pabst made two years before .What saves this film is the cast (Louis Jouvet,Raymond Rouleau) Some of Henri Jeanson's lines ("compared to our passports,the true ones look false!" "why didn't you do that fifteen years ago?" (kill me) )are up to scratch;Pabst 's directing is sometimes excellent: the free-for-all in the night club ;the bloody passport bullets went through;and most of all,the death of Kay in the jubilant crowd.


5 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Shanghai Drama (1938) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?