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Piccadilly (1929)

TV-PG | | Drama , Crime | 1 June 1929 (USA)
A young Chinese woman, working in the kitchen at a London dance club, is given the chance to become the club's main act which soon leads to a plot of betrayal, forbidden love and murder.

Director:

Ewald André Dupont (uncredited)

Writer:

Arnold Bennett (original screenplay)

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gilda Gray ... Mabel Greenfield
Anna May Wong ... Shosho
Jameson Thomas ... Valentine Wilmot
Cyril Ritchard ... Victor Smiles (as Cyrill Ritchard)
King Hou Chang ... Jim (as King Ho Chang)
Hannah Jones ... Bessie
Gordon Begg Gordon Begg ... Coroner
Harry Terry Harry Terry ... Publican
Debroy Somers and His Band Debroy Somers and His Band ... Band at the Piccadilly Club
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Storyline

The star attraction of the Piccadilly Club is the dancing team of Mabel and Vic. Victor is infatuated with Mabel, but she rejects his advances, since she is in love with Valentine Wilmot, the club's owner. One night, as Mabel and Vic perform their act, there is a disruption caused by a customer who is unhappy about a dirty plate. When Wilmot goes back to the kitchen to investigate, he finds several employees in the scullery watching Shosho, one of the dishwashers, dancing on a table. That night, Wilmot fires both Shosho and Victor. But the club's sagging fortunes soon lead him to re-evaluate Shosho's talent. Written by Snow Leopard

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Genres:

Drama | Crime

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nachtwelt See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The £80 Wilmot pays for Shosho's dress would equate to about $390 at the time or around $5,650 in 2018. See more »

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During the inquest, the handgun is repeatedly referred to as a revolver. It is obviously a small semiautomatic, and not a revolver. See more »

Quotes

Valentine Wilmot: Well, then, it's all agreed - except the salary.
Shosho: You'll see what I can do first, and then tell me what you can pay.
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When Love Comes Stealing
(1928) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Erno Rapee, Lew Pollack and Walter Hirsch
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Oriental Pearl of Picadilly
7 May 2006 | by Bucs1960See all my reviews

Anna May Wong may have been one of the most beautiful women in film history. She should have been a huge star but obviously racial prejudices of the time prevented it and Hollywood certainly badly misused her. In this film,made in England by the great E.A.DuPont, she proves that she could act as well as look good. Notice her controlled facial expressions and body movements....they are very low key in a time when acting was often over the top and bordering on "hammy".

The story concerns the rise of Ms. Wong (Shosho) as a dancer and inamorata of nightclub owner, Valentin (Jameson Thomas)....much to the distress of Mabel (Gilda Gray) as the featured act at the Picadilly and also a lover of the owner. Ms. Gray looks fat and frumpy and the line "You're too old for him" spoken to her by Shosho rings true. Things go from bad to worse and lead to the scene in Shosho's apartment which is the highlight of the film. Ms. Wong is absolutely terrific. Murder happens and the mysterious Jimmy gets involved. The resolution of that murder is unsatisfying and the ensuing trial mirrors the racial stereotypes of the times.

But all that aside, if you want to see a gloriously stunning woman and a wonderful performance, see this film. And by the way.....if you can figure out exactly what the relationship between Shosho and Jimmy is, let me know!


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