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The Shanghai Drama (1938)

Le drame de Shanghaï (original title)
A Russian emigrant sings in a Shanghai nightclub under the assumed name of Kay Murphy. All she dreams of is a peaceful life with her daughter Vera. But this is only a pipe dream as she has ... See full summary »

Director:

Georg Wilhelm Pabst (as G.W. Pabst)

Writers:

Alexandre Arnoux (as A. Arnoux), Oscar Paul Gilbert (novel) (as O.P. Gilbert) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christl Mardayn ... Mme Blonski / la chanteuse Kay Murphy (as Christiane Mardayne)
Louis Jouvet ... L'aventurier Ivan
Raymond Rouleau ... Le journaliste André Franchon
Dorville Dorville ... Big-Bill, le patron de la boîte de nuit
Suzanne Desprès ... La gouvernante Niania (as Suzanne Despres)
Elina Labourdette ... Vera Blonski
Gabrielle Dorziat ... La directrice du collège
Mila Parély Mila Parély ... La capitaine des girls (as Mila Parely)
Robert Manuel Robert Manuel ... Le client attaqué (as Robert Manuel de la Comédie-Française)
Marcel Lupovici Marcel Lupovici ... Un tueur du Serpent Noir (as M. Lupovici)
Foun-Sen Foun-Sen ... Mme Tsé
Linh-Nam Linh-Nam ... Cheng
Ky Duyen Ky Duyen ... Mr. Wang (as Ky-Duyen)
Hoang-Dao Hoang-Dao
Ma Ma
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Storyline

A Russian emigrant sings in a Shanghai nightclub under the assumed name of Kay Murphy. All she dreams of is a peaceful life with her daughter Vera. But this is only a pipe dream as she has been forced by her former lover Ivan to work for a secret criminal organization, "The Black Dragon". Vera, who studies in a Hong Kong boarding-school, knows nothing about her mother's past. When Ivan, who is also Vera's father, resurfaces and blackmails Kay, the young woman is determined to fight back... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Drama

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

10 January 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Shanghai Drama See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lucia Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Contrary to the custom of the time, Austrian actress Christl Mardayn was not dubbed for this film. This is due to the fact she spoke very good French. One can detect occasionally a trace of accent in certain scenes however. See more »

Soundtracks

Si Tu Voyais Mon Coeur
Music by Ralph Erwin
Lyrics by Louis Poterat
Sung by Christl Mardayn
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memorable and well done
31 October 1998 | by fatboy-6See all my reviews

This movie was shown last night (10/30/98) at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as part of a G. W. Pabst retrospective. The date of the movie was 1938 and it was very evocative of the period. Although shot in Saigon (instead of Hong Kong), it appeared to be very reflective of what I imagine was the Hong Kong atmosphere at the time - including good references to the many Russian ex-patriots there and their desperation. Not a perfect movie but one to be seen, if available.


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