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The Shanghai Drama (1938)

Le drame de Shanghaï (original title)
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 »

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(as G.W. Pabst)

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(as A. Arnoux), (novel) (as O.P. Gilbert) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christl Mardayn ...
Mme Blonski / la chanteuse Kay Murphy (as Christiane Mardayne)
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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)
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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
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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

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10 January 1945 (USA)  »

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The Shanghai Drama  »

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Si Tu Voyais Mon Coeur
Music by Ralph Erwin
Lyrics by Louis Poterat
Sung by Christl Mardayn
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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.


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