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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:
A beautiful, fascinating melodramatic story 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:
In the play, the setting was a brothel run by "Mother Goddam", who was once sold into prostitution, and it dealt with drug addition and nymphomania as well. Many initial adaptations of the original play were rejected by the Hays office, and they discouraged studios from making the film. The Chinese consulate also voiced objections to the portrayal of the Chinese in the play.See more »
Quotes:
'Mother' Gin Sling:[of an ordinance that would outlaw her establishment] I've lived by my own ordinances for a long time now, and I intend to disregard all others.See more »
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Soundtrack:
I'm Always Chasing RainbowsSee more »

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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful, fascinating melodramatic story, 3 July 2000
Author: pzanardo (pzanardo@math.unipd.it) from Padova, Italy

"The Shanghai Gesture" shows how attractive can be a melodramatic story when treated by an artist as Josef von Sternberg. The movie is in the style of German Expressionism; luckily enough, it avoids the slowness and bleak heaviness which affect many movies of that artistic movement, probably since it was filmed in Hollywood instead of Berlin. We are introduced in a world of desperate corruption; every sense of honesty or nobility is dead. It is typical that Mother Gin Sling's casino, the den of every meanness, is intended to be closed not for moral but for business reasons. There is a clever mixture of tragedy and grotesque. Ona Munson is extraordinary as Mother Gin Sling: she apparently knows shameful secrets of the whole cosmopolitan mob which throngs her casino; she has everyone into her claws. Her make-up and Chinese robes are magnificent; her fixed, cruel smile is really scaring. Victor Mature is great in the role of the indifferent, over-lazy Dr. Omar. He is probably black-mailed by Mother Gin Sling, like any other character in the movie; yet he seems to do evil just as an entertaining game, just to win his bore, not by coercion. Gene Tierney is Poppy, the spoiled, rich, scornful girl, just too apt to sink in a pit of corruption, with no possible coming back. A due remark: we are always so stunned by Gene's incredible beauty, that we find it difficult to realize her great talent. Here, at the age of twenty-one, she gives a fully mature performance. Also Walter Huston and all the supporting actors make beautiful jobs. Actually, the acting is always on the verge of grotesque: this is clearly an artistic choice by von Sternberg. If we can find a fault in "The Shanghai Gesture", is that the finale is a bit abrupt. Nonetheless it is a great film, deservedly a cult-movie in the history of cinema.

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