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East Is West (1930)

Ming Toy is on the auction block in China. She is saved by Billy and taken to San Francisco by Lo Sang Kee. To save her from deportation she is sold to Charlie Yong, the Chop Suey King. Billy kidnaps her with plans of marriage.

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Monta Bell

Writers:

John B. Hymer (play), Tom Reed (screenplay and dialogue) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Lupe Velez ... Ming Toy
Lew Ayres ... Billy Benson (as Lewis Ayers)
Edward G. Robinson ... Charlie Yong
E. Alyn Warren ... Lo Sang Kee
Tetsu Komai Tetsu Komai ... Hop Toy
Henry Kolker ... Mr. Benson
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Benson
Edgar Norton ... Thomas
Charles Middleton ... Dr. Fredericks
Jean Hersholt ... Man
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Ming Toy is on the auction block in China. She is saved by Billy and taken to San Francisco by Lo Sang Kee. To save her from deportation she is sold to Charlie Yong, the Chop Suey King. Billy kidnaps her with plans of marriage.

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Sold into bondage when the Love Boat sailed!

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Connections

Alternate-language version of Oriente es Occidente (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Chinese Lullaby
(uncredited)
Words and Music by Robert Hood Bowers
Sung by Lupe Velez
Used as part of background music score
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If east is west, then China is the same as Mexico
22 May 2016 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

I would like to recommend this picture to you. It has a message of tolerance and humanity. It has three fine lead actors early in their careers in Lew Ayres, Lupe Velez and Edward G. Robinson. It has a fine supporting cast. However, sometimes good messages and talent get caught up in production issues and a script that preaches ineptly. That's what happened here and if you sit through it it will seem like a stern and undesirable duty by the time you are done. So don't.

It's not just the presence of actors in yellowface. A lot of Hollywood actors played all-purpose foreigners. Universal Studios made its living off B movies for the secondary movie houses, and the idea of telling their audience of conservative, small-town Americans that they were a bunch of racist jerks would have been foolish -- if it had even been thought of. Any positive message is lost in the idiotic portrayals and the deus ex machina ending.

So don't see this one. The kindest thing that could be said is that it has not aged well. To say that would be a lie. It was a mess to begin with.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'appello dell'innocente See more »

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1.20 : 1
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