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Piccadilly (1929)

aka Piccadilly

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Written By:  Writer details not available
Details: 92 mins · English

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Cast:

Small Shosho
No_movie_poster Victor Smiles
No_movie_poster Bessie
Small A Nightclub Diner
No_movie_poster Valentine Wilmot
Small Man from China
Small Extra in Nightclub Scene
No_movie_poster Doorman
No_movie_poster Vamp

Crew:

No_movie_poster Ewald André Dupont Director
No_movie_poster Ewald André Dupont Production
No_movie_poster Arnold Bennett Story Contributor

Plot:

Valentine Wilmot's London nightclub and restaurant, Piccadilly Circus, is a great success due to his star attraction, dancing partners Mabel (Gilda Gray) and Vic (Cyril Ritchard). One night, a dissatisfied diner (Charles Laughton) disrupts Mabel's solo with his loud complaint about a dirty plate. When Wilmot investigates, he finds Shosho (Anna May Wong) distracting the other dishwashers with her dancing. He fires her on the spot.

After the performance, Vic tries to persuade Mabel to become his partner offstage as well as on, and to go to Hollywood with him. She coldly rebuffs him, as she is romantically involved with Wilmot. That night, Wilmot summons Vic to his office. Before Wilmot can fire him, Vic quits.

That turns out to be disastrous for the nightclub. The customers had come to see Vic, not Mabel. Business drops off dramatically. In desperation, Wilmot hires Shosho to perform a Chinese dance. She insists that her boyfriend Jim play the accompanying music. Shosho is an instant sensation, earning a standing ovation after her first performance.

Both Mabel and Jim become jealous of the evident attraction between Shosho and Wilmot. Mabel breaks off her relationship with Wilmot.

One night, Shosho invites Wilmot to be the first to see her new rooms. Mabel has followed the couple and waits outside. After Wilmot leaves, she persuades Jim to let her in. She pleads with her romantic rival to give Wilmot up, saying he is too old for her, but Shosho replies that it is Mabel who is too old, and that she will keep him. When Mabel reaches into her purse for a handkerchief, Shosho sees a pistol inside and grabs a dagger used as a wall decoration. Frightened, Mabel picks up the gun, then faints.

The next day, the newspapers report that Shosho has been murdered. Wilmot is charged with the crime. During the ensuing trial, he admits that the pistol is his, but refuses to divulge what happened that night. Jim testifies that Wilmot was Shosho's only visitor. Things look bad. Then Mabel insists on telling her story. However, she can recall nothing after fainting until she found herself running in the streets. Realizing that either Mabel or Jim must be lying, the judge summons Jim. By then, however, Jim has shot himself at Shosho's mausoleum. As he lays dying, he confesses he killed Shosho.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1929-06-01 : United States of America

Theatrical : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2003-12-19 : Germany

Theatrical : 1930-12-08 : Finland

Theatrical : 2003-12-19 : France

Theatrical : 2004-01-29 : United States of America

Theatrical : 1930-05-19 : Portugal

Theatrical : 1930-01-15 : Japan

2004-04-08 : Hong Kong

2004-04-17 : United States of America

2005-02-22 : Australia