Uncut - 09/01/2004
"[I]t exudes an atmosphere of almost illicit potency."
Sight and Sound - 10/01/2004
"Dupont directs with great verve."
Premiere - 06/01/2005
"[I]t brims with energy, atmosphere, and sometimes cheeky verve..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
The star attraction of the Piccadilly Club is the dancing team of Mabel and Vic. Victor is infatuated with Mabel, but she rejects his advances since she is in love with Valentine Wilmot, the club's owner. One night, as Mabel and Vic perform their act, a disruption leads Wilmot back to the kitchen and he finds several employees in the scullery watching Shosho, one of the dishwashers, dancing on a table. That night, Wilmot fires both Shosho and Victor. but the club's sagging fortunes soon lead him to re-evaluate Shosho's talent.
A British silent murder mystery about a dancer from China who finds herself caught up in a crooked liaison between a nightclub owner and another dancer. Features a cameo by Charles Laughton in his feature debut. This is E.A. Dupont's original silent, sans post-release recorded dialog.
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