Josef von Sternberg

Shanghai Express

Shanghai Express

An intoxicating mix of adventure, romance, and pre-Code salaciousness, Shanghai Express marks the commercial peak of an iconic collaboration. Marlene Dietrich is at her wicked best as Shanghai Lily, a courtesan whose reputation brings a hint of scandal to a three-day train ride through war-torn China. On board, she is surrounded by a motley crew of foreigners and lowlifes, including a fellow fallen woman (Anna May Wong), an old flame (Clive Brook), and a rebel leader wanted by the authorities (Warner Oland). As tensions come to a boil, director Josef von Sternberg delivers one breathtaking image after another, enveloping his star in a decadent profusion of feathers, furs, and cigarette smoke. The result is a triumph of studio filmmaking and a testament to the mythic power of Hollywood glamour.

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Dietrich & von Sternberg in Hollywood

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Shanghai Express
Cast
Marlene Dietrich
Shanghai Lily
Clive Brook
Captain Donald Harvey
Anna May Wong
Hui Fei
Warner Oland
Henry Chang
Eugene Pallette
Sam Salt
Lawrence Grant
Mr. Carmichael
Louise Closser Hale
Mrs. Haggerty
Gustav von Seyffertitz
Eric Baum
Emile Chautard
Major Lenard
Credits
Director
Josef von Sternberg
Screenplay by
Jules Furthman
From the story by
Harry Hervey
Music by
Karl Hajos
Photographed by
Lee Garmes
Edited by
Frank Sullivan
Art direction by
Hans Dreier
Gowns by
Travis Banton
Sound by
Harry D. Mills

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