The Shanghai Drama

The Shanghai Drama (French: Le drame de Shanghaï) is a 1938 French drama film directed by Georg Wilhelm Pabst and starring Christl Mardayn, Louis Jouvet and Raymond Rouleau.[1] [2] An exiled White Russian woman works as a cabaret singer in Shanghai to support her daughter through school.

The Shanghai Drama
Film poster
Directed byGeorg Wilhelm Pabst
Produced byRomain Pinès
Marc Sorkin
Written byOscar-Paul Gilbert (novel)
Alexandre Arnoux
Henri Jeanson
Léo Lania
StarringChristl Mardayn
Louis Jouvet
Raymond Rouleau
Music byRalph Erwin
CinematographyCurt Courant
Eugen Schüfftan
Edited byLouisette Hautecoeur
Jean Oser
Lucia Film
Distributed byCompagnie Cinématographique de France
Release date
  • 27 October 1938 (1938-10-27)
Running time
105 minutes

The film's sets were designed by the art directors Andrej Andrejew and Guy de Gastyne. It was shot at the Joinville Studios in Paris and on location in Saigon in French Indochina.


See also


  1. "NY Times: The Shanghai Drama". NY Times. Retrieved 12 September 2009.
  2. Kennedy-Karpat p.132-33


  • Kennedy-Karpat, Colleen. Rogues, Romance, and Exoticism in French Cinema of the 1930s. Fairleigh Dickinson, 2013.
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