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Shanghai Express

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Shanghai Express
French Language Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Josef von Sternberg
Release Date February 12, 1932
Language English
Studio Paramount Pictures
Distributor Paramount Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Shanghai Lily / Madeline Marlene Dietrich
Captain Donald "Doc" Harvey Clive Brook
Hui Fei Anna May Wong
Henry Chang Warner Oland
Reverend Carmichael Lawrence Grant
Sam Salt Eugene Pallette
Eric Baum Gustav von Seyffertitz

Shanghai Express is a 1932 American adventure and romance film directed by Josef von Sternberg. Filmed in Hollywood's pre-Code era, it became one of the biggest film successes for lead actress Marlene Dietrich. The plot is based on a short story by Harry Hervey published in 1931 with some influences from the 1880 Boule de Suif by Guy de Maupassant. China in the twenties: In the midst of the civil war, the notorious prostitute "Shanghai Lily" meets again in the first class of the Shanghai Express the military doctor Captain Donald Harvey, who left her years ago out of jealousy. During their journey together, Lily's cool facade melts and the two become close again. But when the train is stopped by rebels and "Doc Harvey" is captured, China Lily has to make a momentous decision.

The following weapons were used in the film Shanghai Express:


Smith & Wesson Model 10

What appears to be Smith & Wesson Model 10 variant is holstered by a Rebel officer that is taken by Shanghai Lily / Madeline (Marlene Dietrich).

Smith & Wesson Model M&P - .38 Special
Shanghai Lily brandishes the revolver.

Colt M1911

Mr. Albright (Claude King) owns an M1911 pistol which he gives to Captain Donald Harvey (Clive Brook).

Colt M1911 - .45 ACP
Mr. Albright hands over his pistol to Cpt. Harvey.
Cpt. Harvey holds his pistol at the ready to make his way out of the Rebel's HQ.
The Colt tucked into his belt.


Mauser Gewehr 1898

Chinese Government soldiers are armed with German Gewehr 1898s.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A Government soldier rests with his rifle in front of the train.
Chinese soldiers sitting on the train with Gewehrs.
Other soldiers steal food with their attached Seitengewehr 98/05 bayonets.
As the train was stopped by the Government forces, the bayonets are seen covered by their scabbards behind Shanghai Lily.
A soldier wields his Gewehr 98 while presenting the captured Rebel spy.

Mauser Karabiner 98AZ

Mauser 98AZ Artillery Carbines are used by many Rebel troops.

Mauser Karabiner 98AZ - 7.92x57mm
Rebels stand guard at the trains as Cpt. Harvey gets out of a Railroad car.
A Kar98AZ is seen held up by one Rebel rounding up disarmed Governments soldiers.
The striking stacking hook is seen on the left.
A full view of a Karabiner 98AZ slinged over a soldier's back climbing on the train.

Mosin Nagant M1891

Some of the Rebels are seen with U.S. manufactured Mosin Nagant M1891s. Many of them are civil sporterized versions that are modified for this movie.

Mosin Nagant M1891 - 7.62x54mmR
A promotional picture of Marlene Dietrich and Émile Chautard showing one of these rifles on the right. The rifle in the foreground is a Kar98AZ.
The silhouette of the Mosin Nagant is seen in the center.
A Rebel carries his rifle on his back while watching Shanghai Lily through a window. Note the different muzzle and the typical Mosin grasping groove.
A Crowd of Rebels greeting their comrades getting out of the train.
One of the carried rifles seen lower half in the center. Note the rear part including the bolt handle and Konovalov sight. The modified muzzle is also visible.


Maxim MG 08

Both the Chinese Government and Rebel troops use Maxim MG08 machine guns.

Maxim MG 08 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The barrel of a Maxim is seen on the Government train.
Rebels mow down the Goverment Train escort.
A Maxim being transported by the Rebels to load it on the train.
Shanghai Lily / Madeline encounters soldiers carrying a Maxim.

Train Armament


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