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Anna May Wong as Hai-Tang

Posted: January 1st, 2013 | 1 Comment »

Browsing around film posters the other day for a post on the largely forgotten Chinese-British actor Ley On I noted he had first appeared in 1930 in a Anna May Wong German film Der Weg Zur Schande. I found that Anna May was also in another German film, one I was not aware of, called Hai-Tang, directed by Richard Eichberg, a prolific German film maker, and Jean Kemm, an equally prolific French actor and director. The film was one of those common cross-production (at least until the mid-1930s) between the French and Germans and the film was issued in both a French and English language version. As well as Anna May is starred the French actor Marcel Vibert (a good idea as Vibert spoke excellent English so could work in both languages and had worked in Britain previously, so could talk easily with Anna May).

It seems the Germans and French sought to exploit Anna May’s image created by EA Dupont in the terrific movie Piccadilly in 1929, shot in London. I’ve posted a lot previously on Piccadilly (here and here). Anna May is exoticised to the max and the trick is repeated in the movie posters for Hai-Tang – particularly the third one below which is an almost direct copy of the most famous Piccadilly. Exotic melodrama would be the best way to describe the film.

Anyway, I like the art work – especially the first poster shown here below…

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One Comment on “Anna May Wong as Hai-Tang”

  1. 1 Seumas Graham said at 6:50 am on January 9th, 2019:

    Has anyone seen this film? What is Anna May’s best would you say?

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