The Shanghai Gesture is a 1941 American United Artists film noir motion picture starring Gene Tierney and Walter Huston, with Victor Mature and Ona Munson.
It was adapted for the screen by Josef von Sternberg, based on the play by John Colton, produced by Arnold Pressburger for United Artists, and directed by von Sternberg.
The Shanghai Gesture received Academy Award nominations for Best Art Direction (Boris Leven) and Best Original Music Score.
This early noir drama explores the decadent lives and secret pasts of all the main characters, following many stories in an almost-surreal gambling house owned by "Mother" Gin Sling. Keye Luke painted the mural that is displayed in the casino.
A young woman, Victoria Charteris, also known as Poppy Smith (Tierney), is out for some excitement in Shanghai, and enters Gin Sling's establishment. Dragon-lady Gin Sling (Munson) worked herself up from poverty to buy the casino, only to now see it in danger of being taken over by Sir Guy Charteris ...