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The Shanghai Story (1954)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 1 September 1954 (USA)
In post-WW2 Shanghai, expatriate Westerners are detained in the Waldorf Hotel until the Communists can identify a suspected spy among them but some prisoners try to outwit the interrogators and the armed guards and flee.

Director:

Frank Lloyd

Writers:

Steve Fisher (screenplay), Seton I. Miller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ruth Roman ... Rita King
Edmond O'Brien ... Dr. Dan Maynard
Richard Jaeckel ... 'Knuckles' Greer
Barry Kelley ... Ricki Dolmine
Whit Bissell ... Paul Grant
Basil Ruysdael ... Rev. Hollingsworth
Marvin Miller ... Colonel Zorek
Yvette Duguay ... Mrs. Leah De Verno (as Yvette Dugay)
Paul Picerni ... Mr. Emilio De Verno
Isabel Randolph ... Mrs. Merryweather
Philip Ahn ... Major Ling Wu
Frances Rafferty ... Mrs. Warren
Frank Ferguson ... Mr. Haljerson
James Griffith ... Carl Hoyt
John Alvin ... Mr. Warren
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Storyline

Too many years in the Orient have made a bitter man of Dr. Dan Maynard (Edmond O'Brien), an American surgeon, and too little emotional stability has tarnished the Tangier-born Rita King (Ruth Roman). They meet when a night-raid by Shanghai's police chief brings all westerners together in the Waldorf House Hotel, where they are interned under the guardianship of the coldly cruel Major Ling Wu (Philip Ahn). Only Rita is free to come and go due to her friendship with Shanghai;s new police chief, Colonal Zorek (Marvin Miller. The liberty and luxury in which she lives arouses Maynard's contempt. But his opinion changes when she is instrumental in getting Major Wu replaced and punished, and when she arranges for a young girl, Penny Warren (Jeanne Perreau'), to be taken to a hospital for an emergency operation. But when a spy hunt reaches a bitter climax, and an internee is shot down while trying to escape, Maynard believes the tip-off came from Rita. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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SHANGHAI...WICKEDES CITY IN THE WORLD HER PLAYGROUND...MAN...HER DESTINY! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hotel Schanghai See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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It's World Television Premiere was 9 March 1958 on New York's WRCA-TV, Channel 4. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Zorek: Did you forget our curfew law, doctor? No one is allowed on the streets after 7 without a permit. Why did you try to escape?
Dr. Dan Maynard: Is that what I was trying to do?
Colonel Zorek: [Reading notes] Left your office at 9:21. Cross Nanjing Road at Khartoum through narrow winding alley to Honan Road one block north. Reach Soochow Creek at 9:38 by way of still another alley. Do you like dark, rat-infested alleys, doctor?
Dr. Dan Maynard: Which one did you crawl out of?
Colonel Zorek: You will speak to civil authorities with respect.
Dr. Dan Maynard: A stooge and a Commie...
Colonel Zorek: [...]
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Tension in Shanghai
26 December 2014 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Run of the mill prisoner of war film is elevated by the snappiness of the direction from Frank Lloyd, director of the first Mutiny on the Bounty with Clark Gable and Charles Laughton, and the cast.

Set mostly amongst a group of enemy aliens confined to a hotel in the title city Lloyd keeps the viewer engaged by having the action move repeatedly from room to room with occasional scenes elsewhere.

That's fine as far as it goes but the other element that makes the film enjoyable is the competence of the main players. Edmond O'Brien is impassioned as the doctor who becomes the focal point of the story with Whit Bissell and a very young Richard Jaeckel adding fine support as two fellow prisoners. Also standing out and looking very beautiful is Ruth Roman. Never given her due she was a fierce screen presence elevating the often middling material she was handed as she does here.

Nothing special but if you like this type of adventure/war picture an agreeable time passer.


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