Shanghai Express Overview:

Shanghai Express (1932) was a Adventure - Drama Film directed by Josef von Sternberg and produced by Adolph Zukor.

Academy Awards 1931/32 --- Ceremony Number 5 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best CinematographyLee GarmesWon
Best DirectorJosef Von SternbergNominated
Best PictureParamount PublixNominated
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ClassicFlix (Teen Scene): Shanghai Express (1932)

By Virginie Pronovost on Jun 28, 2017 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

From March 2015 to April 2017, I was writing the monthly Teen Scene column for the website ClassicFlix. My objective was to promote classic films among teenagers and young adults. Due to the establishing of a new version of the website, it?s now more difficult to access to the old version and read t... Read full article


Shanghai Express (1932)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 26, 2016 From 4 Star Films

The same year as Grand Hotel there came another film, that while still boasting an ensemble cast felt far more intimate. In its day it was christened “Grand Hotel on wheels” and its narrative does unravel aboard a train. However, Josef von Sternberg’s film opens with a faceless atm... Read full article


Shanghai Express (1932)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 26, 2016 From 4 Star Films

The same year as Grand Hotel there came another film, that while still boasting an ensemble cast felt far more intimate. In it’s day it was christened “Grand Hotel on wheels” and its narrative does unravel aboard a train. However, Josef von Sternberg’s film opens with a facel... Read full article


Shanghai Express (1932)

By smumcountry on Oct 17, 2015 From Smum County

October 17, 2015 by smumcounty ?Grand Hotel on a train.? That?s how they referred to ?Shanghai Express? when it was released in 1932 the same year as ?Grand Hotel?. I can see why someone would make that facile comparison. Both films take place in a limited space and involve an array of diverse chara... Read full article


Shanghai Express (1932)

By smumcountry on Oct 17, 2015 From Smum County

October 17, 2015 by smumcounty ?Grand Hotel on a train.? That?s how they referred to ?Shanghai Express? when it was released in 1932 the same year as ?Grand Hotel?. I can see why someone would make that facile comparison. Both films take place in a limited space and involve an array of diverse chara... Read full article


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Quotes from

Mr. Henry Chang: You're in China now, sir, where time and life have no value.


Mr. Henry Chang: I live by my own code.


Captain Donald 'Doc' Harvey: You appear to be nervous. Sleep would do you more good.
Shanghai Lily: What makes you think I'm nervous?
Captain Donald 'Doc' Harvey: For one thing, your hands are trembling.
Shanghai Lily: It's because you touched me, Doc.


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Facts about

1000 extras were used in the making of the movie
It was von Sternberg's intention that the style of the film should reflect the rhythm of a train journey. This explains the film's tight pace and the rather staccato quality of the dialog.
This was the highest grossing film of 1932 in USA and Canada.
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