Shanghai Express
Shanghai Express (1932)

Two notorious women of the night are aboard a train that is hijacked by rebel Chinese.

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 12, 1932
DVD Release Date: October 20, 1993
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TIME Magazine

Shanghai Express is a picture of the new school, and when Marlene Dietrich promises Warner Oland to visit him at his castle if he will refrain from destroying Clive Brook's eyesight with a red hot poker, you will not find the situation banal.

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Mordaunt Hall
New York Times

It is by all odds the best picture Josef von Sternberg has directed.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is one of seven vehicles where Dietrich and Sternberg teamed-up together, and it's one of their most pleasing.

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Variety Staff

The finished product is an example of what can be done with a personality and photogenic face such as Marlene Dietrich possesses to circumvent a trashy story.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

More action oriented than the other Dietrich-Sternberg films, this 1932 production is nevertheless one of the most elegantly styled.

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Dietrich illuminates this stylish adventure, and it remains a high point among her many collaborations with director Von Sternberg.

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Time Out

The bizarre stop-go cadences of the dialogue delivery are the most blatantly non-naturalistic element, but the overall design and dramatic pacing are equally extraordinary.

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Emanuel Levy

The third teaming of Josef von Sternberg and Dietrich is one of their best and most commercial films--the only one nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

By some inexplicable alchemy, everything comes together in a seamless fusion that manages to create a haunting drama of love and faith that is like no other.

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Devon Bott
Marlene Dietrich stars as "Shanghai Lily", a woman of some ill repute traveling across China in a passenger train. The other passengers have nothing… More
Veronique Kwak
"shanghai express" is the only piece in void among the paramout set of marlene dietrich glamour collection. the mere resource to obtain this dvd copy… More
jay nixon
Marlene is terrific in this as is Anna May Wong. Banton's creations for them are eye popping but the whole thing is almost undone by the dreadful… More
Byron Brubaker
nominated for best picture oscar
Stella Dallas
marlene and anna may wong are simply divine amid the trademark von sternberg atmosphere of exotica. beautifully shot with many classic poses. lily's once… More
John Ballantine
Marlene Dietrich makes this film go. Very stylish and the action is compelling.