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Piccadilly (1929)

Passed | | Drama, Crime | 1 June 1929 (USA)
A young Chinese woman, working in the kitchen at a London dance club, is given the chance to become the club's main act which soon leads to a plot of betrayal, forbidden love and murder.

Writer:

Arnold Bennett (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gilda Gray ... Mabel Greenfield
Anna May Wong ... Shosho
Jameson Thomas ... Valentine Wilmot
Cyril Ritchard ... Victor Smiles (as Cyrill Ritchard)
King Hou Chang ... Jim (as King Ho Chang)
Hannah Jones ... Bessie
Gordon Begg Gordon Begg ... Coroner
Harry Terry Harry Terry ... Publican
Debroy Somers and His Band Debroy Somers and His Band ... Band at the Piccadilly Club
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The star attraction of the Piccadilly Club is the dancing team of Mabel and Vic. Victor is infatuated with Mabel, but she rejects his advances, since she is in love with Valentine Wilmot, the club's owner. One night, as Mabel and Vic perform their act, there is a disruption caused by a customer who is unhappy about a dirty plate. When Wilmot goes back to the kitchen to investigate, he finds several employees in the scullery watching Shosho, one of the dishwashers, dancing on a table. That night, Wilmot fires both Shosho and Victor. But the club's sagging fortunes soon lead him to re-evaluate Shosho's talent. Written by Snow Leopard

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JUST AS GOD MADE HER She Loved, and Loving She Gave-Her Heart, Her Soul, to a Man Who Played, and Laughed, and Loved Another. A SOUND PICTURE (Print Ad-Free Lance-Star, ((Fredericksburg, Va.)) 24 August 1929)

Genres:

Drama | Crime

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Last silent film for Anna May Wong. See more »

Goofs

During the inquest, the handgun is repeatedly referred to as a revolver. It is obviously a small semiautomatic, and not a revolver. See more »

Quotes

Valentine Wilmot: Just imagine the whole place being upset by one little Chinese girl in the scullery. Dancing in the scullery - and upsetting your dancing in the restaurant!
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear on the sides of London buses. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Shepperton Babylon (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

When Love Comes Stealing
(1928) (uncredited)
Written by Erno Rapee, Lew Pollack and Walter Hirsch
The sheet music is shown onscreen; possibly used in the score
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Piccadilly, quite a dilly..
8 June 2006 | by FilmFlaneurSee all my reviews

PICCADILLY (1929), a fun-to-watch account of a sexual triangle which unfolds, to fatal effect, in a London nightclub - all pencil thin moustaches, louche owners and jazz dancing. As directed by Dupont it is a film which showcases its lurid (if ultimately unconvincing) storyline very well and entertainingly enough, even if one can imagine a Von Sternberg version using the same elements, which included orientalism in the form of Anna May Wong as an exotic temptress, much more effectively. Dupont's career went off the boil at the end of the silent era, previously however he had notable successes with this sort of thriller-esquire showbiz material as VARIETE. PICCADILLY also features a notable cameo from Charles Laughton as a drunk man with a dirty plate.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (restored)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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