Tag Archives: Anna May Wong
Shanghai Express (1932) Josef von Sternberg, Marlene Dietrich, Clive Brook, Anna May Wong, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Thriller
A Study in Scarlet (1933) Edwin L. Marin, Reginald Owen, Anna May Wong, June Clyde, Mystery, Thriller
In London, a secret society led by lawyer Thaddeus Merrydew collects the assets of any of its deceased members and divides them among the remaining members. Society members start dropping like flies. Sherlock Holmes is approached by member James Murphy’s widow, who is miffed at being left penniless by her husband. When Captain Pyke is shot, Holmes keys in on his mysterious Chinese widow as well as the shady Merrydew. Other members keep dying–Malcom Dearing first, then Mr. Baker. There is also an attempt on the life of young Eileen Forrester, who became a reluctant society member upon the death of her father. Holmes’ uncanny observations and insights are put to the test.
The Flame of Love (1930) Richard Eichberg, Walter Summers, Anna May Wong, Georg H. Schnell, John Longden, Drama, Musical
Also known as Hai Tang, this exotic melodrama was filmed in both German and English-language versions. The title character, played by Anna May Wong, is a dancer in pre-Revolutionary Russia. Hay Tang is offered a life of luxury by a powerful Russian Grand Duke, but she turns him down, preferring the love of a lowly lieutenant in the Imperial army. The Grand Duke responds by threatening dire consequences for the lieutenant, whereupon Hay Tang finds herself on the horns of a dilemma. Just then, the girl’s brother appears with gun in hand, shooting and wounding the Duke. To save her brother from execution, Hay Tang promises unswerving sexual devotion to the Duke — while the lieutenant waits longingly at home, waiting and longing for his sweetheart’s return.