Review: ‘Piccadilly’

Piccadilly is virtually silent despite a useless prolog. It may have been added and contains its only dialog, badly done.

Piccadilly is virtually silent despite a useless prolog. It may have been added and contains its only dialog, badly done.

This Arnold Bennett story is set in a cabaret in Piccadilly. The owner of the class joint digs up a dancer from the scullery. It’s Anna May Wong, a dishwasher whom the proprietor catches dancing for her companions.

In the cabaret are a couple of ballroom dancers, with Gilda Gray one of them. Business commences to fade and the house staff concludes the male dancer must have been the draw. With trade shot, the proprietor remembers the girl downstairs, calls her up and dresses her up, then falls for her.

Gray is so peeved she calls upon the Chinese dancer. The two women meet after the owner leaves. The audience apparently sees Gray shoot Wong, as the latter unsheaths a dagger.

Music is the usual medley of pop dance stuff, with the cabaret set about the best thing in the production. Camerawork on close-ups is excellent.

Piccadilly

UK

Production

British International. Director E.A. Dupont; Screenplay Arnold Bennett; Camera Werner Brandes; Editor J.N. McConaughty; Music Eugene Contie; Art Director Alfred Junge

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1929. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Gilda Gray Jameson Thomas Anna May Wong King Ho Chang Cyril Ritchard Charles Laughton
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