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Shanghai Express (1932)

Shanghai Express (1932)

Shanghai Express



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Movie Info

Two notorious women of the night are aboard a train that is hijacked by rebel Chinese.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Harry Hervey, Jules Furthman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 20, 1993
Paramount Pictures


Marlene Dietrich
as Shanghai Lily
Clive Brook
as Capt. Donald Harvey
Louise Closser Hale
as Mrs. Haggerty
Warner Oland
as Henry Chang
Lawrence Grant
as Rev. Carmichael
Emile Chautard
as Maj. Lenard
Claude King
as Albright
Neshida Minoru
as Chinese Spy
Willie Fung
as Engineer
Leonard Carey
as Minister
Forrester Harvey
as Ticket Agent
Miki Morita
as Officer
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Critic Reviews for Shanghai Express

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

Shanghai Express is a picture of the new school, and when Marlene Dietrich promises Warner Oland to visit him at his castle if he will refrain from destroying Clive Brook's eyesight with a red hot poker, you will not find the situation banal.

Full Review… | February 2, 2011
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

The finished product is an example of what can be done with a personality and photogenic face such as Marlene Dietrich possesses to circumvent a trashy story.

Full Review… | June 6, 2008
Top Critic

The bizarre stop-go cadences of the dialogue delivery are the most blatantly non-naturalistic element, but the overall design and dramatic pacing are equally extraordinary.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It is by all odds the best picture Josef von Sternberg has directed.

Full Review… | January 28, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

More action oriented than the other Dietrich-Sternberg films, this 1932 production is nevertheless one of the most elegantly styled.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The third teaming of Josef von Sternberg and Dietrich is one of their best and most commercial films--the only one nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.

Full Review… | July 22, 2012

Audience Reviews for Shanghai Express

Marlene Dietrich stars as "Shanghai Lily", a woman of some ill repute traveling across China in a passenger train. The other passengers have nothing but contempt for her and her female companion (Anna May Wong). Well, everyone but Captain Harvey (Clive Brook). He and Marlene had a relationship years ago, but the Captain didn't trust her and threw her over. Since then, she's been wandering the Chinese countryside, destroying men's lives wherever she goes. When Mr. Chang (Warner Oland, known for his role as Charlie Chan) turns out to be the leader of a rebel force, we learn to what extent Marlene still loves the captain and to what extent she will go to protect him. Despite exotic locales and characters, it's Dietrich who is the sole reason for watching "Shanghai Express". She's incredibly beautiful, emotive, and her costumes are a movie unto themselves. Director Josef von Sternberg knows how to shoot his leading lady, and there are moments when Dietrich's face is as beautiful as a framed work of art.

Mr Awesome
Devon Bott

Super Reviewer

Marlene is terrific in this as is Anna May Wong. Banton's creations for them are eye popping but the whole thing is almost undone by the dreadful perfomance by Clive Brook.. Marlene's passion for him comes across as a mystery since he is a block of wood throughout the film.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

marlene and anna may wong are simply divine amid the trademark von sternberg atmosphere of exotica. beautifully shot with many classic poses. lily's once and future lover clive brook is an awful stiff tho

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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