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Lilly, the daughter of a wealthy ship-owner, spurns the advances of Bang, a businessman, in favor of the young ship's mate Willy. Bang follows Willy to a foreign port, where he gets Willy drunk in a seedy waterfront dive. With the connivance of the barkeep, the druken Willy is tricked into signing a seaman's contract which is bought by the evil captain of "The Octopus". The barkeep's daughter Mary likes Willy so much that she decides to help and seeks out Chaplain Brown, who has also been contacted by Lilly and her father. Brown and the disguised Lilly investigate, but find that Willy has already been brought aboard "The Octopus". They give chase in another ship, and Willy manages to jump overboard and swim to safety.
Strictly speaking, this is not a white slavery film, but it was presented with the subtitle Men as Victims of Slave Trafficking, obviously with the intention to follow up on the previous successes. Like the white slavery films, this one was promoted as a film of social consciousness, advertised as a film with a "great mission" because it warns against a danger which has "wrecked the lives of thousands of honest youths." It lacks the sexual frisson of the white slave films, but it has many of the same structural elements, like the impotence of the police and the aid offered by a resourceful female associate of the criminals.
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Original title Shanghai'et
Danish title Shanghai'et
International titles Zwischen Himmel und Wasser
Other titles Mænd som Ofre for Slavehandel
Director Eduard Schnedler-Sørensen
Screenplay Peter Lykke-Seest
Appearance Cajus Bruun, Clara Wieth, Carlo Wieth, Christian Schrøder
Production country Denmark
Domestic distribution Fotorama
Technical info 718 meter, 35 mm, Black/white, Silent
Danish theatrical release 29.07.1912
Cinemas Panoptikon
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Production company Nordisk Films Kompagni
Domestic distribution Fotorama


Direction Eduard Schnedler-Sørensen


Script Peter Lykke-Seest


Konsul Hansen, skibsreder Clausen Cajus Bruun
Lilly, konsulens datter Clara Wieth
Willy, styrmand, Lillys forlovede Carlo Wieth
Værten i cafe "New Zealand" Christian Schrøder
Mary, cafeværtens datter Agnete Blom
Brown, sømandspræst Peter Nielsen
Appearance Carl Lauritzen
Appearance Otto Lagoni
Appearance Alma Hinding
Appearance Alf Nielsen

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