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Shanghai Express

Director: Josef von Sternberg Run Time: 82 min. Format: 35mm Release Year: 1932

Starring: Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Warner Oland, Anna May Wong

In Peking, China, during a civil war, British Capt. Donald Harvey (Clive Brook) meets his old flame Magdalen (Marlene Dietrich) and learns with dismay that she has become a prostitute known as Shanghai Lily. Both are traveling to Shanghai via train, and while they grow reacquainted, they remain unaware that they are traveling with spy and rebel army leader Henry Chang (Warner Oland). On Chang’s orders, his forces attack the train, terrorize the passengers and hold Donald hostage.