Incident in Shanghai

Incident in Shanghai is a 1938 British drama film directed by John Paddy Carstairs and starring Margaret Vyner, Patrick Barr, Ralph Roberts and Derek Gorst.[1][2] It was made at Pinewood Studios as a quota quickie for release by Paramount Pictures. It was shot in eleven days on a budget of £7,000.[3]

Incident in Shanghai
Directed byJohn Paddy Carstairs
Produced byAnthony Havelock-Allan
Written byA.R. Rawlinson
Based onan original story by John Paddy Carstairs
StarringMargaret Vyner
Patrick Barr
Derek Gorst
CinematographyFrancis Carver
Edited byLister Laurance
Distributed byParamount British Pictures (UK)
Release date
25 January 1938 (London)
Running time
67 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

It was considered to have topical interest for audiences due to the ongoing Second Sino-Japanese War.[4]


In Shanghai, Madeleine Linden is an unhappy wife who falls in love with wounded pilot Pat Avon, upon whom her husband Brian, the head of the Red Cross, must operate.


Critical reception

TV Guide called it a "...plodding romantic drama."[5]



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