Shanghai Gesture     (Florence Reed)      (10" Decca DL 7010)
Item# LP0342
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Shanghai Gesture     (Florence Reed)      (10" Decca DL 7010)
LP0342. SHANGHAI GESTURE (John Colton), dramatic play reading, w.Florence Reed. Dramatic play with musical background and sound effects. Entire production adapted and directed by Fritz Blocki. (10" LP) 10" early green Decca DL 7010. [Extraordinary to find an LP of this vintage as unplayed.]


“This is the Soundtrack LP to the 1950 Studio production, SHANGHAI GESTURE. The original play was presented in 1926, as it was a stage phenomenon at that time, with the marvelous acting of Florence Reed. In 1950, Decca brought back Florence Reed to record a likeness of the 1926 play, and that is what is heard on this record. Florence Reed created the role of mother goddam in the 1926 premier of John Colton's play. a decca lp recording of a condensed version of the play was issued starring Florence Reed. The recording may well have originated as a radio show. Florence Reed is UNFORGETTABLE in her far out over the top performance. Not to be missed if you can find the recording.”

- Ned Ludd

“Florence Reed was an American stage and film actress. Reed started making movies in the silent era around 1915. She was a stage star by then and her first movie was THE DANCING GIRL for Adolph Zukor's Famous Players studio built around her talents. She also made films for several different production companies such as Popular Plays & Players, Astra, Arrow, Tribune, and Pathé. In all Reed made 15 silent pictures, the last being THE BLACK PANTHER'S CUB (1921). After 13 years she made her first talking film in GREAT EXPECTATIONS (1934). She is remembered for several outstanding stage productions, including THE SHANGHAI GESTURE, THE LULLABY, THE YELLOW TICKET and THE WANDERER. Her best remembered movie role was as Miss Havisham in the 1934 production of GREAT EXPECTATIONS. In this version, however, Miss Havisham was changed from a completely insane woman to an eccentric, who did not wear her wedding veil constantly, and who dies peacefully rather than as a result of suffering burns in a fire. In the 1950s Reed performed in several early television shows, such as The Philco Television Playhouse, Kraft Television Theatre and The United States Steel Hour.”

- Wikipedia