In between my tweaking the current look for this blog I’ve been watching a movie I only heard about a few months ago. Picadilly is a 1929 silent film starring Anna May Wong as Shosho the scullery worker who becomes the star performer at the Picadilly Club.  Actually, Wong had third billing in the film. Gilda Gray and Jameson Thomas were listed before her, but she’s the one that stands out.

The score is driving me crazy. It’s too modern and doesn’t fit the 1920s period and there’s some heavy-handed acting, except for Wong. The real fun is the “musical” numbers. Gilda Gray plays the star dancer and we watch her scamper about in front of the club’s audience. Wong also dose a “Chinese” dance in an exotic costume. There are even musicians playing on screen, but this is a silent film. Kind of strange.
I have to thank Filmbrain for using this film for one of his screen capture quizzes. I doubt I’d have heard about it otherwise.


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