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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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Rita King
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Dr. Dan Maynard
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'Knuckles' Greer
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Ricki Dolmine
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Paul Grant
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Rev. Hollingsworth
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Colonel Zorek
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Mrs. Leah De Verno (as Yvette Dugay)
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Mr. Emilio De Verno
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Mrs. Merryweather
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Major Ling Wu
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Mrs. Warren
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Mr. Haljerson
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Carl Hoyt
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Mr. Warren
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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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Hotel Schanghai  »

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

Quotes

Mrs. Merryweather: This whole thing is... ghastly!
'Knuckles' Greer: I can think of a better word than that for it.
Mrs. Merryweather: You can?
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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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