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Shanghai Gesture

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Tookey's Rating
5 /10
Average Rating
4.29 /10
Ona Munson , Victor Mature, Walter Huston
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Directed by: Josef Von Sternberg
Written by: Josef Von Sternberg, Geza Herczeg

Released: 1941
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 90

In a low Shanghai gambling dive, Madame Gin Sling (Ona Munson) taunts her ex-husband (Walter Huston) with the degree to which their daughter (Gene Tierney, pictured) has become degraded.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Tedious, turgid melodrama lifted to the realms of high camp by von Sternberg's visual flamboyance, a hilariously humourless script, and the lurid excesses of his cast. Boris Leven's art direction was Oscar-nominated, as was Richard Hageman's music. Now a cult film, it was not kindly treated by contemporary critics.

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