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Incident in Shanghai (1938)

A British nurse working in war-torn Shanghai has to rely on her estranged but still jealous husband, a surgeon, to save the life of the man she loves.


John Paddy Carstairs (from an original story by), A.R. Rawlinson (additional dialogue)


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Cast overview:
Patrick Barr ... Flight Commander Pat Avon
Margaret Vyner ... Nurse Madeleine Linden
Derek Gorst Derek Gorst ... Dr. Brian Linden
John Deverell John Deverell ... Weepie
Rita Davis Rita Davis ... Nurse Ada Newell
Johnnie Schofield Johnnie Schofield ... Ted Higgins (as Johnny Schofield)
Ralph Roberts Ralph Roberts ... Robert (Bob) Barlow
Lloyd Pearson Lloyd Pearson ... Oldfield
George Courtney George Courtney ... Mel Purdue
Henry Wolston Henry Wolston ... Chung
Douglas Vine Douglas Vine ... Jack Thompson
Lotus Fragrance Lotus Fragrance ... Butterfly Ku


A British nurse working in war-torn Shanghai has to rely on her estranged but still jealous husband, a surgeon, to save the life of the man she loves.

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Drama | War


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Strategically posted on the walls of the Kowloon Hotel in the opening sequence are one-sheet posters for Souls at Sea (1937) and You Only Live Once (1937). See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: . . . . Operating from the International Settlement, the Raymond Jarvis Relief Unit is one of many Red Cross Organisations alleviating the suffering in war-scarred China . . . .

. . . . One of their Units has established itself in the Kiwang area, territory subjected to continual attack and counter-attack . . . . See more »


Referenced in Round the Film Studios: No. 1: Pinewood Part 10 (1937) See more »

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Lacks exotic atmosphere!
5 August 2015 | by gnok2002See all my reviews

I'm inserting reviews of films I'v seen that so far lack one, this rarity showed on the fairly new Talking Pictures channel on Sky, which if you like old British films (as I do) is the best thing since Carlton Cinema expired, review follows... Set in a neutral British hospital post near Shanghai during the war between China and Japan, there are a disparate bunch gathered and cut off from the outside world as a the war rages around them, into this mix comes a new nurse, the estranged wife of the doctor in charge, and a handsome English soldier, wounded while fighting for the Chinese, causing more friction…. It's watchable, but has little feel of the exotic orient, that though false is often to be found in US films of the same period. The only name I recognize from the cast is Patrick Barr, here playing assistant to the head doctor, he had a career that spanned more than 50 years, playing supporting roles. There are two notable crew members... Director John Paddy Carstairs, who had a career that spanned 30+ years, his best remembered film probably the Norman Wisdom effort 'The Square Peg (1958)'and Producer Anthony Haverlock-Allen who produced 40+ mostly forgotten films from 1935>39, but hit his stride after the war with some notable films, his career ended with 'Ryan's Daughter' (1970), which got slated by the critics on release, it's reputation having grown over the last 45 years.

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Release Date:

25 July 1938 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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