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Daughter of Shanghai
Alternate Title: Across the River
Director: Robert Florey (Dir)
Release Date:   21 Jan 1938
Duration (in mins):   60 or 67
Duration (in feet):   5,607
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Anna May Wong (Lan Ying Lin)  
    Charles Bickford (Otto Hartman)  
    Larry Crabbe (Andrew Sleete)  
    Cecil Cunningham (Mrs. Mary Hunt)  
    J. Carrol Naish (Frank Barden)  
    Anthony Quinn (Harry Morgan)  
    John Patterson (James Lang)  
    Evelyn Brent (Olga Derey)  
    Philip Ahn (Kim Lee)  
    Fred Kohler (Captain Gulner)  
    Guy Bates Post (Lloyd Burkett)  
    Virginia Dabney (Rita, a dancer)  
    Ching Wah Lee (Quan Lin)  
    Frank Sully (Jake Kelly)  
    Ernest Whitman (Sam Blike)  
    Maurice Liu (Ah Fong)  
    Mrs. Wong Wing (Amah)  
    Paul Fix (Miles)  
    Gwen Kenyon (Phone girl)  
    Charles Wilson (Schwartz)  
    John Hart (Sailor)  
    Layne Tom Jr. (Chinese candy vendor)  
    Michael Wu (Yung Woo)  
    Mae Busch (Lil)  
    Bill Powell (Carib waiter)  
    Carmen Bailey (Dancer)  
    Paulita Arvizu (Dancer)  
    Carmen La Roux (Dancer)  
    Tina Menard (Dancer)  
    Gino Corrado (Interpreter)  
    Alex Woloshin (Gypsy)  
    Agostino Borgato (Gypsy)  
    Bruce Wong (Chinese)  
    Andre P. Marsaudon (South American)  
    Billy Jones (Seaman who fights)  
    Jimmie Dundee (Seaman who fights)  
    Chick Collins (Seaman who fights)  
    Harry Strang (Sailor)  
    Lee Shumway (Ship's officer)  
    Pierre Watkin (Mr. Yorkland)  
    Rebecca Wassem    
    Marie Burton    
    Paula de Cardo    
    Alma Ross    
    Blanca Vischer    
    Norah Gale    
    Harriette Haddon    
    Joyce Mathews    
    Helaine Moler    

Summary: Lan Ying Lin's father, an importer of Oriental antiques, is murdered by smugglers after he refuses to help them smuggle illegal aliens into San Francisco. Detective Kim Lee is assigned to the case and meets with Lan Ying and family friend Mrs. Mary Hunt the night of the murder. Lan Ying is distrustful of the policeman's ability to solve the case and decides to crack the smuggling ring herself. Because her father thought that a man named Otto Hartman living in the Central American town of Port O'Juan, is the head of the smugglers, Lan Ying travels there. After some investigation, Lan Ying locates Hartman and hires on at his nightclub as a dancer. She finds his business ledger and discovers that he is not the chief of the smugglers after all. Kim Lee also comes to Port O'Juan after working undercover for the captain of the smugglers' ship Jenny Hawk . He meets Hartman through the captain and recognizes Lan Ying in the club, where they manage to speak privately. She reveals the location of Hartman's ledger and agrees to sneak aboard the ship dressed as a man. Hartman finds Kim Lee with the book and they struggle, until one of the refugees shoots Hartman, which allows Kim Lee to board the ship with no problems. After they set sail, one of the immigrants discovers Lan Ying is a woman, and they all attack her. Kim Lee comes to her aid, but he is knocked unconscious and drops the ledger. The captain finds it and suspects Kim Lee and Lan Ying of being spies. When the smugglers' seaplane meets the ship, they tie up the couple and put them over the plane's bomb doors. The smugglers open the doors as they are flying over the ocean, but Kim Lee and Lan Ying cling to the inside, and they swim ashore when the plane eventually lands. Kim Lee and Lan Ying stumble upon Mrs. Hunt's estate and discover that she is the head of the smuggling ring. She holds them captive, but Kim Lee is able to phone the Federal police, and he escapes with the help of Kelly, Mrs. Hunt's honest chauffeur. After a gunfight between the smugglers and the police, Mrs. Hunt and her cohorts are arrested. Kim Lee proposes marriage to Lan Ying, and she accepts. 

Production Company: Paramount Pictures, Inc.  
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures, Inc.  
Director: Robert Florey (Dir)
  Stanley Goldsmith (Asst dir)
Producer: Adolph Zukor (Pres)
  Edward T. Lowe (Prod)
  William LeBaron (Exec prod)
Writer: Gladys Unger (Scr)
  Garnett Weston (Scr)
  William Hurlbut (Addl dial)
Photography: Charles Schoenbaum (Photog)
Art Direction: Hans Dreier (Art dir)
  Robert Odell (Art dir)
Film Editor: Ellsworth Hoagland (Ed)
Set Decoration: A. E. Freudeman (Int dec)
Music: Boris Morros (Mus dir)
Sound: Charles Hisserich (Sd rec)
  Richard Olson (Sd rec)
Country: United States

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number Passed By NBR:
Paramount Pictures, Inc. 17/12/1937 dd/mm/yyyy LP7674 Yes

PCA NO: 3775
Physical Properties: b&w:
  Sd: Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording

Genre: Drama
Sub-Genre: Detective
Subjects (Major): Chinese Americans
  Undercover operations
Subjects (Minor): Aliens, Illegal
  Attempted rape
  Central America
  Male impersonation
  Proposals (Marital)
  San Francisco (CA)
  Ship crews

Note: The Release Dialogue Script in the Paramount story files at the AMPAS Library provided some opening credits which were missing from the viewed print. A pre-release title of the film was Across the River . Included in the Paramount story files is the story "Honor Bright" by Garnett Weston, and a script by William Hurlbut, however, the authors' contribution to the final film has not been determined. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Daily Variety   11 Dec 38   p. 3.
Film Daily   21 Dec 37   p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter   11 Dec 37   p. 2.
Motion Picture Daily   15 Dec 37   p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald   18 Dec 37   p. 51.
New York Times   24 Dec 37   p. 21.
Variety   29 Dec 37   p. 17.

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