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Shanghai (1935)

While she is in Shanghai visiting her sick aunt Barbara Howard, a young New York socialite and Russian banker Dmitri Koslov fall in love. Everything would be for the best if Dmitri didn't ... See full summary »


James Flood




Cast overview:
Loretta Young ... Barbara Howard
Charles Boyer ... Dimitri Koslov
Warner Oland ... Ambassador Lun Sing
Alison Skipworth ... Aunt Jane
Fred Keating ... Tommy Sherwood
Charley Grapewin ... Truesdale
Walter Kingsford ... Hilton
Josephine Whittell ... Mrs. Truesdale
Olive Tell ... Mrs. Hilton
Libby Taylor Libby Taylor ... Corona, Maid
Keye Luke ... Chinese Ambassador's Son
Willie Fung ... Wang (as Willy Fung)
Boothe Howard ... Manager, Broker's Office
Arnold Korff ... Van Hoeffer


While she is in Shanghai visiting her sick aunt Barbara Howard, a young New York socialite and Russian banker Dmitri Koslov fall in love. Everything would be for the best if Dmitri didn't keep a secret that could jeopardize their union. What he hides from her in fact is his being half-Russian, half-Chinese. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Love Hurls a Challenge...At a Law As Old as Civiization Itself!


Drama | Romance


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SOURCE CITATIONS SOURCEDATEPAGE Daily Variety16 Apr 35p. 3. Daily Variety26 Apr 35p. 23. Daily Variety12 Jul 35p. 3. Daily Variety26 Jul 35p. 2. Film Daily20 Jul 35p. 7. Hollywood Reporter12 Jul 35p. 3. Hollywood Reporter27 Jul 35p. 5. Hollywood Reporter19 Nov 35p. 6. Motion Picture Daily13 Jul 35p. 4. Motion Picture Herald1 Jun 35p. 55. Motion Picture Herald20 Jul 35p. 88. New York Times20 Jul 35p. 16. Variety24 Jul 35p. 21. Actor Willie Fung's first name is spelled "Willy" in the onscreen credits. MPH 's "In the Cutting Room" says the film is based on a "play of the same title," although the film credits Gene Towne, Graham Baker and Lynn Starling with an original screenplay and a HR ad credits Towne and Baker with an original story. SAB says the film was developed from an idea proposed by Walter Wanger, while a pre-production news item states that the script was by Louis Stevens, who receives no credit for the film in reviews. The "In the Cutting Room" also lists Hedda Hopper in the cast, although she was not in the viewed print and her name was not mentioned in reviews, and her participation in the film is unclear. As announced in DV on 26 Jul 1935, this film was currently in its London run, although many had predicted it "would never be shown in England or her colonies because of race angle." According to a news item in DV , Carole Lombard had been set to star in this film but had already been engaged for a Universal film. (from AFI Caralog) See more »


Dimitri Koslov: Well?
Ambassador Lun Sing: It is a bold scheme, my son. Fraught with danger.
Dimitri Koslov: That is one reason why it appeals to me.
Ambassador Lun Sing: You are dealing with a group of men with greater experience than yourself. Rich, powerful...
Dimitri Koslov: Did I hear you say, 'scoundrels'?
Dimitri Koslov: Never!
Ambassador Lun Sing: If you did, please do not quote me. Truesdale, Hilton, Van Hoeffer and my countryman, Mr. Wang. They are not pleasant men to have as enemies.
Dimitri Koslov: When I get control of their interest, they will no longer be my enemy.
Ambassador Lun Sing: Then there is only one thing that can keep you from reaching ...
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Rare romantic treasure for Charles Boyer fans
1 August 2016 | by ja_kitty_71See all my reviews

Here's a rare Charles Boyer film I recently discovered on YouTube (through my smart TV), and I really love it. The story is about the relationship between Barbara Howard an American society girl and Dmitri Koslov a half-bred man with a secret of his parentage that is threatening.

I love those love stories where prejudice often gets in the way of romance. Why "prejudice"? Watch this film and you'll know why; I don't want to get out spoilers. You know, I thought Charles Boyer and Loretta Young's performances were spot on. So anyway, I thought this film is one of the best romance films ever made, and a rare treasure for Charles Boyer fans.

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Release Date:

19 July 1935 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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