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A Tale of Two Worlds (1921)

Passed | | Drama | 13 March 1921 (USA)
A white child is adopted and raised by a Chinese citizen and brought to San Francisco, where no one surmises that she is actually not Chinese.


Frank Lloyd


Charles Kenyon (scenario), Gouverneur Morris (story) | 1 more credit »


Cast overview, first billed only:
J. Frank Glendon ... Newcombe
Leatrice Joy ... Sui Sen
Wallace Beery ... Ling Jo
E. Alyn Warren ... Ah Wing (as E.A. Warren)
Margaret McWade ... Attendant
Tôgô Yamamoto Tôgô Yamamoto ... One Eye
Yutaka Abe Yutaka Abe ... The Worm (as Jack Abbe)
Louie Cheung Louie Cheung ... Chinaman
Chow Young Chow Young ... Slave Girl
Etta Lee Etta Lee ... Ah Fah
Ah Wing Ah Wing ... Servant Spy
Goro Kino Goro Kino ... Windlass Man
Arthur Soames Arthur Soames ... Dr. Newcombe
Edythe Chapman ... Mrs. Newcombe
T.D. Crittenden ... Mr. Carmichael (as Dwight Crittenden)




A white child is adopted and raised by a Chinese citizen and brought to San Francisco, where no one surmises that she is actually not Chinese.

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A Love Story That Runs Like a Thread of Virgin Gold Through This Exciting Drama of the Underground Dens of San Fransisco's Chinatown (Print Ad- Cordova Daily News, ((Cordova, Alaska)) 27 January 1923)





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Fun stuff with a great design.
17 March 1999 | by David-240See all my reviews

This is enjoyable hokum, that could well have inspired John Carpenter's "Big Trouble In Little China". Leatrice Joy lets all emotional stops out as the white girl raised by Chinese, who doesn't know she's white. And it's not surprising as she is made up to look Chinese. But true to racist beliefs of 1921 she falls in love with one of her own - a rich white boy played sweetly by J. Frank Glendon. But Leatrice is pledged to the evil Wallace Beery, in Chinese make-up. So it all turns into a race for the altar involving a torture room where the walls and roof close in on you. Great fun, if you excuse the racism, and with a fabulous design by Cedric Gibbons - Joy's costumes are exquisite. Set in the Chinatown of a city in the American west, guess which?

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