Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Half Way to Shanghai is Burma, according to this Universal B-grade actioner. The film takes place almost in its entirety on a train bound from Lashio to Rangoon in the days just prior to the Japanese invasion. Passenger Alexander Barton (Kent Taylor) becomes the reluctant hero of the piece when he comes into possession of a map showing Chinese defense sites. When he's not trying to elude Nazi agents Zerta (George Zucco) and Van Simet (Lionel Royce), Barton is dealing as best he can with the film's two heroines, Vicki Nelson (Irene Hervey) and Caroline Wrallins (Charlotte Wynters). Half Way to Shanghai bears traces of the earlier Universal suspenser Bombay Clipper, which took place on a cramped passenger plane.
agent [representative], China, encounter, espionage, hidden, map, Nazism, passenger, robbery, secrets, slice-of-life, train [locomotive], war, weapons