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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

Shanghai Lily: When I needed your faith, you withheld it; and now, when I don't need it, and don't deserve it, you give it to me.


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.


Sam Salt: I can't make head or tail outta' you, Mr. Chang. Are you Chinese, or are you white, or what are you?
Mr. Henry Chang: My mother is Chinese. My father was white.
Sam Salt: You look more like a white man to me.
Mr. Henry Chang: I'm not proud of my white blood.
Sam Salt: Oh, you're not, are you?
Mr. Henry Chang: No, I'm not.
Sam Salt: Rather be a Chinaman, huh?
Mr. Henry Chang: Yes.
Sam Salt: What future is there in bein' a Chinaman? You're born, eat your way through a handful of rice, and you die. What a country! Let's have a drink!


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Facts about

China initially banned the movie, demanding its withdrawal from worldwide circulation. The ban was lifted when Paramount pledged not to make another film involving Chinese politics.
Director Josef von Sternberg designed the atmospheric sets alongside art director Hans Dreier.
In her autobiography, Marlene Dietrich claimed that von Sternberg directed most of the cinematography, instead of Lee Garmes (who actually won an Oscar for his work on the film).
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