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Shadows Over Shanghai (1938)

Approved | | Drama | 14 October 1938 (USA)
A pilot carrying a valuable amulet is shot down over China by a ruthless Russian agent, who also wants the amulet.

Director:

Charles Lamont

Writers:

Joseph Hoffman (screenplay), Richard Sale (original story) (as Richard B. Sale)
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Cast

Cast overview:
James Dunn ... Johnny McGinty
Ralph Morgan ... Howard Barclay
Robert Barrat ... Igor Sargoza
Lynda Grey Lynda Grey ... Irene Roma (as Linda Gray)
Paul Sutton ... Yokahama
Edward Woods ... Peter Roma
Edwin Mordant Edwin Mordant ... Dr. Adams
Chester Gan ... Lun Sat Li
Victor Wong ... Wu Chang
Edward Keane ... American Consul
Billy Bevan ... Gallicuddy
William Haade ... Captain Murphy
Richard Loo ... Fong
Victor Sen Yung ... Wang (as Victor Young)
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Storyline

Irene Roma, a young Russian teacher at an American mission near Shanghai, is entrusted with an amulet by her brother Peter Roma, who has been wounded by Igor Sargoza, a discredited Russian secret agent, who is aware of the amulet's value. Needing a Russian passport in order to leave Shanghai, Irene presents her problem to Howard Barclay, an English friend of her brother's, and his friend, Johnny McGinty, an American newspaper photographer. Barclay suggests that McGinty marry her, thereby giving her his American citizenship. A Chinese friend sends the bride a beautiful mandarin figure, to be used as an incense burner but Johnny decides to use it as a hiding place for the amulet. Barclay learns that the marriage does not make Irene an American citizen, but he obtains a Chinese special passport and the three friends, after beating off another attack by the Sargoza gang, reach the Japanese merchant ship that is to take then to safety. On ship they encounter Fuji Yokahama who has learned ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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HUMAN CONFLICT! Caught in a surging storm of a people's hate...it might be tomorrow's headlines! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ombres sur Shanghai See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The earliest documented telecasts of this film in New York City occurred Monday 16 October 1944 on NBC's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1), and Monday 14 October 1946 on Dumont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5), in Los Angeles Sunday 11 April 1948 on Dumont's KTLA (Channel 5), in Baltimore Saturday 19 June 1948 on WBAL (Channel 11), and in Chicago Saturday 17 July 1948 on WGN (Channel 9). See more »

Goofs

When Irene enters the hotel, she asks the front desk clerk for Mr. Barclay's room number and is told 810 (on the eighth floor). She then goes to the elevator and presses the DOWN button. See more »

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27 December 2010 | by howardeismanSee all my reviews

If you just want to relax and not be challenged by a movie, but not be bored either, this one is for you. Cheaply made and a little slow at times, it nonetheless is quite entertaining. James Dunn and Ralph Morgan are performers who hold your attention. Linda Gray is leaden as an actress, but she is gorgeous in an offbeat way. Robert Barat is good as usual. The plot is entertaining enough, although the mcguffin is not necessarily worth all the to-do.

This was released in 1938. A scene of a city being bombed while our heros try to escape seems lifted from some other movie. It was probably pasted in to give this movie some excitement. However, it also reflected the anxiety people felt in those days about aerial bombardment. As Ralph Morgan says "This is what the next war will look like." And it did.


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