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The Shanghai Story (1954)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 1 September 1954 (USA)
Too many years in the Orient have made a bitter man of Dr. Dan Maynard (Edmond O'Brien), an American surgeon, and too little emotional stability has tarnished the Tangier-born Rita King (... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rita King
Dr. Dan Maynard
'Knuckles' Greer
Barry Kelley ...
Ricki Dolmine
Paul Grant
Rev. Hollingsworth
Colonel Zorek
Mrs. Leah De Verno (as Yvette Dugay)
Mr. Emilio De Verno
Mrs. Merryweather
Philip Ahn ...
Major Ling Wu
Mrs. Warren
Mr. Haljerson
Carl Hoyt
Mr. Warren


Too many years in the Orient have made a bitter man of Dr. Dan Maynard (Edmond O'Brien), an American surgeon, and too little emotional stability has tarnished the Tangier-born Rita King (Ruth Roman). They meet when a night-raid by Shanghai's police chief brings all westerners together in the Waldorf House Hotel, where they are interned under the guardianship of the coldly cruel Major Ling Wu (Philip Ahn). Only Rita is free to come and go due to her friendship with Shanghai;s new police chief, Colonal Zorek (Marvin Miller. The liberty and luxury in which she lives arouses Maynard's contempt. But his opinion changes when she is instrumental in getting Major Wu replaced and punished, and when she arranges for a young girl, Penny Warren (Jeanne Perreau'), to be taken to a hospital for an emergency operation. But when a spy hunt reaches a bitter climax, and an internee is shot down while trying to escape, Maynard believes the tip-off came from Rita. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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MOST POWERFUL WOMAN IN SHANGHAI! She knew everybody...MOSTLY MEN! See more »


Action | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

1 September 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hotel Schanghai  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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It's World Television Premiere was 9 March 1958 on New York's WRCA-TV, Channel 4. See more »


Dr. Dan Maynard: Why don't they lock you up with the rest of us? What have you got, a pipeline direct to the big brass?
Rita King: Why should they lock me up with a group of people who have been fools enough to let themselves get trapped in China? They had plenty of time to get out. I've always lived at this hotel. It's comfortable. I like comfort. Besides, I'm not a citizen of the western nations. I was born in Tangiers. And I am a woman of all countries. With no politics.
Dr. Dan Maynard: No politics?
Rita King: That's right. I'm not on anybody's ...
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Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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Tension in Shanghai
26 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Run of the mill prisoner of war film is elevated by the snappiness of the direction from Frank Lloyd, director of the first Mutiny on the Bounty with Clark Gable and Charles Laughton, and the cast.

Set mostly amongst a group of enemy aliens confined to a hotel in the title city Lloyd keeps the viewer engaged by having the action move repeatedly from room to room with occasional scenes elsewhere.

That's fine as far as it goes but the other element that makes the film enjoyable is the competence of the main players. Edmond O'Brien is impassioned as the doctor who becomes the focal point of the story with Whit Bissell and a very young Richard Jaeckel adding fine support as two fellow prisoners. Also standing out and looking very beautiful is Ruth Roman. Never given her due she was a fierce screen presence elevating the often middling material she was handed as she does here.

Nothing special but if you like this type of adventure/war picture an agreeable time passer.

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