The Shanghai Gesture (1941)

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Synopsis

Madame Gin Sling faces ruin when a man arrives in Shanghai determined to clean up the area, including her gambling interests.

The following statement regarding the story appears after the opening credits: 'Years ago a speck was torn away from the mystery of China and became Shanghai. A distorted mirror of problems that beset the world today, it grew into a refuge for people who wished to live between the lines of laws and customs - - a modern Tower of Babel. Neither Chinese, European, British nor American it maintained itself for years in the ever increasing whirlpool of war Its destiny, at present, is in the lap of the Gods - - as is the destiny of all cities Our story has nothing to do with the present.'

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