In 1932, hearts beat a little faster with Josef von Sternberg's lush romance "Shanghai Express," set in 1931 during the Chinese Civil War. The film was one of the more successful collaborations between Von Sternberg and his muse, Marlene Dietrich. She's in fine form as the mysterious woman of ill repute Shanghai Lily ¿ "It took more than one man to change my name to Shanghai Lily" ¿ who boards the Shanghai Express only to discover her former lover is also a passenger. The two rekindle their romance in the midst of the war and intrigue.
Courtesy Margaret Herrick Library