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Writers:
Josef von Sternberg (adaptation)
Geza Herczeg (collaborator for adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
15 January 1942 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
"POPPY"...the Victim of Vengeance! Her love of life and laughter led her to a most amazing doom! See more »
Plot:
A young woman, Poppy, out for excitement in Shanghai, enters a gambling house owned by "Mother" Gin Sling... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
User Reviews:
"The Shanghai Gesture" has an allure and a power that is hard to define. See more (56 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gene Tierney ... Poppy

Walter Huston ... Sir Guy Charteris

Victor Mature ... Doctor Omar
Ona Munson ... 'Mother' Gin Sling
Phyllis Brooks ... The Chorus Girl
Albert Bassermann ... The Commissioner
Maria Ouspenskaya ... The Amah
Eric Blore ... The Bookkeeper

Ivan Lebedeff ... The Gambler

Mike Mazurki ... The Coolie
Clyde Fillmore ... The Comprador
Grayce Hampton ... The Social Leader
Rex Evans ... The Counselor
Mikhail Rasumny ... The Appraiser (as Mikhail Rasumni)
Michael Dalmatoff ... The Bartender (as Michael Delmatoff)

Marcel Dalio ... The Master of the Spinning Wheel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Abbott ... Poppy's Escort (uncredited)
Enrique Acosta ... Casino Gambler (uncredited)

Mimi Aguglia ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Jean De Briac ... De Micheaux (uncredited)
Steven Geray ... Man in Casino Helping Boris (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Casino Gambler (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Ryerson (uncredited)
Roland Lui ... Kim Chee (uncredited)
Allen Marlow ... Casino Gambler (uncredited)
Eric Mayne ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Moy Ming ... Elderly Chinese Man (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Casino Patron (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Gambler with Cigar (uncredited)
Albert Pollet ... Gambler with Monocle (uncredited)
Emil Rameau ... Roulette Player (uncredited)

Directed by
Josef von Sternberg 
 
Writing credits
Josef von Sternberg (adaptation)

Geza Herczeg (collaborator for adaptation) and
Jules Furthman (collaborator for adaptation)

John Colton (play)

Karl Vollmöller  collaborator for adaptation (uncredited)

Produced by
Theo. W. Baumfeld .... assistant producer
Albert de Courville .... associate producer
Arnold Pressburger .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Richard Hageman 
 
Cinematography by
Paul Ivano (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Sam Winston 
 
Art Direction by
Boris Leven 
 
Makeup Department
Hazel Rogers .... wigs for Miss Munson
Robert Stephanoff .... makeup artist (as Bob Stephanoff)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Kerr .... assistant director
Fred Pressburger .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Howard Bristol .... interior decorator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Jack Noyes .... sound (as C. A. Noyes)
 
Special Effects by
Harry Redmond Jr. .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ned Scott .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Oleg Cassini .... costumes: Miss Tierney
Royer .... costumes: Miss Munson
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Richard Hageman .... conductor
 
Other crew
Tom Gubbins .... technical advisor
Aline Sholes .... technical advisor
Robert Blair .... stand-in: Victor Mature (uncredited)
Keye Luke .... mural: Mother Gin Sling's apartment (uncredited)
Arnold Pressburger .... presenter (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
99 min (copyright length) | USA:98 min (restored version) (1981) | West Germany:95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2009) | USA:Approved (PCA #7972)

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Trivia:
During the 1930s Cecil B. DeMille wanted to film John Colton's play with Jetta Goudal as Mother Goddam, but Censorship Czar Will Hays would not lift his ban on the play.See more »
Quotes:
Poppy:You don't drink, Mother Gin Sling? Is your name Chinese or English?
'Mother' Gin Sling:Indeed Gin Sling is English. It's a nickname as common in this part of the world as the drink sold over the counter.
Poppy:Why Gin Sling? Why not Whiskey Soda?
'Mother' Gin Sling:There was a girl called Whiskey Soda too. And another one - Martini. And one called Scotch Highball, another Benedictine. In other places I might have been called Rose, or Violet, or Lily, or, eh, even Poppy.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Man with Bogart's Face (1980)See more »
Soundtrack:
I'm Always Chasing RainbowsSee more »

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30 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
"The Shanghai Gesture" has an allure and a power that is hard to define., 8 October 2005
Author: ZoraSky from United States

Fascinating. Once I stumbled onto this movie, I could not stop watching it. When it was over, I had find out the title since I had missed the beginning. So I spent my Saturday morning checking the Turner Classic Movie T.V. schedule and then searching the internet to read about "The Shanghai Gesture" and it's director and actors/actresses.

One of my first questions: Who is that playing Mother Gin Sling? I know it is not Marlene Dietrich, but who? Answer: actress Ona Munson aka "Belle Watling" from "Gone With The Wind." I NEVER would have guessed. All sorts of familiar faces showed up in familiar and not so familiar roles. Like the croupier from "Casablanca," presiding over a much more sinister roulette table.

The visuals get you first. Images of a well of depravity leading to ruin and despair, yet glamorous all the way.

I liked the characterizations too. Walter Houston was excellent and believable as the "straight" businessman. Gene Tierney did an amazing transformation from decisive, strong, and elegant socialite to needy, pathetically transparent, and out of control young woman. Ona Munson played an impressive "dragon lady." Victor Mature's gigolo was appropriately jaded and manipulative.

It is a hypnotic and sensuous morality tale about the lure of sex, gambling, drugs, alcohol, and money and the danger of addiction to any of these to one's inner spirit. It also illustrates the high price of revenge, especially misplaced revenge.

A respectable film from the man who directed "The Blue Angel."

This film has an allure and a power that is hard to define. "The Shanghai Gesture" is not perfect, but it seizes hold of your attention and makes one think.

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