Shanghai Gesture (UK-import) (DVD)
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Classic 1940s noir drama directed by Josef Von Sternberg. Dragon-lady Gin Sling (Ona Munson) is being forced to leave her Shanghai casino by rich capitalist Sir Guy Charteris (Walter Huston). After having worked her way out of poverty to become a successful business woman, Gin is desperate not to lose her casino. Meanwhile Charteris's daughter Victoria (Gene Tierney) enters the casino going by the name of Poppy Smith in the hopes of injecting some excitement into her life. Realising Poppy's true identity, Gin enlists the help of Dr Omar (Victor Mature) to encourage Poppy's drinking and gambling, enticing her into addiction. When Gin recognises that Charteris is actually her long-lost husband who abandoned her years ago, she plans to exact revenge at her Chinese New Year party. Charteris, however, has quite a surprise for her.
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