The Shanghai Gesture Overview:

The Shanghai Gesture (1941) was a Drama - Film Noir Film directed by Josef von Sternberg and produced by Albert de Courville and Arnold Pressburger.

Academy Awards 1942 --- Ceremony Number 15 (source: AMPAS)

Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Boris Leven; Interior Decoration: Boris LevenNominated
Best Music - ScoringRichard HagemanNominated

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The Shanghai Gesture (1941)

By Beatrice on Jun 20, 2014 From Flickers in Time

The Shanghai Gesture Directed by Josef von Sternberg Written by Josef von Sternberg, Jules Furthman, and Geza Herczeg based on a play by John Colton 1941/USA Arnold Pressburger Films First viewing/Amazon Prime Instant Video I thought I had seen Josef von Sternberg’s weirdest film when I saw ... Read full article

The Shanghai Gesture

By Michael on Nov 12, 2012 From Le Mot du Cinephiliaque

The Shanghai Gesture (Josef von Sternberg, 1941) A young woman, Poppy, out for excitement in Shanghai, enters a gambling house owned by "Mother" Gin Sling, a dragon-lady who worked herself up from poverty to buy the casino. Sir Guy Charteris, wealthy entrepreneur, has purchased a large area of Sh... Read full article

Guilty Pleasures Movie Blogathon: The Shanghai Gesture(1941).

By Dawn on Sep 18, 2011 From Noir and Chick Flicks

Gene Tierney's best known roles are, as the murder victim in the film, Laura (1944). She was also Oscar-nominated for my favorite film, Leave Her to Heaven (1945). After being spotted by Darryl F. Zanuck, during a stage performance of, The Male Animal (1940), Gene was signed to a contract with 20th ... Read full article

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The play opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, on 1 February 1926 and had 206 performances. The opening night cast included C. Henry Gordon, Mary Duncan and William Worthington, with Florence Reed in the role of "Mother Goddam." A 1928 revival included J. Carrol Naish, who was also tested for a part in the movie.
In the play, the setting was a brothel run by "Mother Goddam", who was once sold into prostitution, and it dealt with drug addition and nymphomania as well. Many initial adaptations of the original play were rejected by the Hays office, and they discouraged studios from making the film. The Chinese consulate also voiced objections to the portrayal of the Chinese in the play.
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