Piccadilly

Date: 1929
Director: Ewald André Dupont
Production Company: British International Pictures (BIP)

Stars: Gilda Gray, Anna May Wong, Jameson Thomas, Cyril Ritchard, King Hou Chang
Location(s): London

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Storyline:

Rising from working in the kitchen at a dance club, a young woman becomes the main act which soon leads to betrayal, forbidden love and murder.

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Screen captures by Phil Wilkinson

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Opening shots set the scene. This is an evening view of the Pavilion Theatre overlooking Piccadilly Circus at the corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Coventry Street in London W1.

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Previously home to Ripley's Believe It or Not and currently playing host to Body Worlds. (PW)

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Traffic passes the theatre where Mabel Greenfield and Valentine Wilmot top the bill. The frontage of the Pavilion Theatre.

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A contemporary awning protects the entrance now. (PW)

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The audience leave the theatre following a performance. Outside the Pavilion Theatre, looking towards Piccadilly Circus from Coventry Street.

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Not quite as busy when I visited. (PW)

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Accompanied by the Debroy Somers Band, Mabel & Vic are billed as London's greatest dance attraction at the Piccadilly Club.

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Shosho (Anna May Wong) meets her friend Bessie (Hannah Jones) outside the Pavilion Theatre. Coventry Street in W1.

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Recognisable as the same location. (PW)

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A Bus Conductor descends from the upper deck as the two women step onto the platform of a number 51.

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A closer view of the arches outside the theatre. (PW)

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Outside the stage door of the Piccadilly Club, Jim (King Hou Chang) holds the door as Valentine Wilmot (Jameson Thomas) follows Shosho into a waiting car.

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