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The Shanghai Gesture

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Original title
The Shanghai Gesture
Running time
106 min.
United States United States
Josef von Sternberg, Jules Furthman, Karl Vollmoeller, Geza Herczeg (Play: John Colton)
Richard Hageman
Paul Ivano (B&W)
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United Artists
Drama | Melodrama
Movie Groups
James M. Cain Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
Bored good girl Gene Tierney goes looking for thrills in Shanghai – and winds up in Mother Gin Sling’s gambling palace, a bizarre, alternate reality that could only exist in the mind of director Josef von Sternberg. Look for Victor Mature sipping martinis at the bar as the enigmatic "Doctor Omar" along with Walter Huston, Maria Ouspenskaya and Mike Mazurki. An opium fever dream of a movie. Now if only places like this existed in the real world when you need an after-hours drink … !
1942: 2 Nominations for Oscar: Best Soundtrack (Drama or Comedy), Art Direction B&W
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