#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Many passengers on the Shanghai Express are more concerned that the notorious Shanghai Lily is on board than the fact that a civil war is going on that may make the trip take more than three days. The British Army doctor, Donald Harvey, knew Lily before she became a famous “coaster.” A fellow passenger defines a coaster as “a woman who lives by her wits along the China coast.” When Chinese guerrillas stop the train, Dr. Harvey is selected as the hostage. Lily saves him, but can she make him believe that she really hasn’t changed from the woman he loved five years before?
Plot: A beautiful temptress re-kindles an old romance while trying to escape her past during a tension-packed train journey.
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“It Took More Than One Man To Change My Name To Shanghai Lily”
One of Marlene Dietrich’s most popular films from her early period with Joseph Von Sternberg was Shanghai Express. In fact her portrayal of the notorious Shanghai Lily is the main reason for watching this film today.
Set in Kuomintang China, the film concentrates on a group of train passengers making a journey from Peking to Shanghai. These are the white passengers all heading for their extraterritorial enclaves on the China coast and a couple of richer Chinese. One of them is Warner Oland who is a seemingly respectable Chinese merchant, but actually a notorious warlord leader a group that Chiang Kai-Shek has sworn to exterminate. In fact during this period his government was doing just that.
Oland is best known for playing Chinese detective Charlie Chan, but he’s not dispensing fortune cookie wisdom here. He’s a most menacing figure who when he’s revealed holds all the lives of the passengers in his hands. The other Oriental in this group is well to do prostitute Anna May Wong. She and Dietrich find themselves kindred spirits and are shunned by the other passengers.
It’s a reunion of sorts for Dietrich, another of the passengers is Clive Brook a British army doctor who is on his way to China to perform a delicate operation on a big shot. He and Dietrich were once involved, but when he dumped her, she took the road that made her the notorious Shanghai Lily.
The main weakness of Shanghai Express in fact is Brook. He’s such a cold fish drip of a man, I can’t see how Dietrich and he could ever have been involved. The film would work a lot better if the role had been cast with someone of Douglas Fairbanks, Jr’s charm. Still Brook proves the old flame hasn’t quite died down and in fact it hasn’t for Marlene either.
Other characters on the train are Lawrence Grant as a reverend Davidson type missionary, Louise Closser Hale as an old American dowager, Emile Chautard as a disgraced French Army officer, Gustave Von Seyfertitz as a hypocritical opium dealer, and Eugene Palette as a crass American businessman as only Eugene Palette can play them. They provide quite a cross section of the western powers who were nibbling on the Chinese body politic at the time.
Shanghai Express won an Oscar for Cinematography and was in the running for Best Picture that year, losing to Grand Hotel which has a lot of similarities to this film. Dietrich is unforgettable as Shanghai Lily and this is a must for her fans.
Those who have worked up a thirst for her from FOOTLIGHT PARADE . . .
. . . can quench it by learning the REST of “Shanghai Lil’s” story here in SHANGHAI EXPRESS. In this version covering Lil’s checkered career in China, Marlene Dietrich masterfully embodies the notorious but proud woman of ill repute. Though it’s very hard for viewers to fathom what she could possibly see in “Donald”–the guy who done her wrong–the screenwriters eventually dream up a way to put Lil out of her love-sick misery. Of course, SHANGHAI EXPRESS is told against the backdrop of the initial Chinese Communist Revolution, which was snuffed out by the Japanese Invasion a few years later. It doesn’t hurt that this revolution’s first Commander-in-Chief–Chang–gets stabbed in the back for messing with the wrong “working girl,” Lil’s buddy Hui Fei. The morale of the tale seems to be that those who won’t pay Union Scale are due for rude awakenings. No doubt Japan’s Yu Darvish made the Cubs an offer they couldn’t refuse when he signed with Chicago this month, but SHANGHAI EXPRESS indicates that Major League Baseball will be in for a bumpy ride with its own Hui Feis IF it doesn’t pay Union Scale pronto to their 80 “free agents” as of Feb. 13, 2018 (since agents–whether Chinese, Japanese, or American–are worthless when they’re “free”).
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 22 min (82 min)
Genre Adventure, Drama, Romance
Director Josef von Sternberg
Writer Jules Furthman, Harry Hervey
Actors Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong
Country United States
Awards Won 1 Oscar. 3 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length 2,250 m (8 reels) (UK)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm