A little tragedy of Japan wherein a tourist fails to realize that love is a sacred thing the world round.

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According to Japanese custom, Chrysanthemum, a Japanese girl, is betrothed and married to a man of wealth and influence several years her senior. She does not love her husband, notwithstanding his love and solicitude for her. A young American touring the country sees Chrysanthemum and is impressed by her beauty and politeness, makes up his mind to get acquainted with her by way of pastime and adventure. He succeeds in attracting her attention, and then, taking advantage of the opportunity and her simplicity, makes love to her, completely sinning her affections. While visiting at her home, he barely escapes being caught by the husband, whose suspicions are aroused by her agitation and the tea service being laid for two, and which she explains was for herself and her maid. She is happy when in the American's company, and longs for his presence, and we see her anxiously watching for his coming the next morning. But he does not come. He is at a tavern with a party of gay tourists, among ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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28 May 1910 (USA)  »

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One of thirty surviving Norma Talmadge shorts

Norma Talmadge made a great many short subjects before moving on to feature films. Thirty of these shorts have survived. This one-reel wonder exists at the National Film and Television Museum in London. Above information gleaned from Greta de Groat's web site, devoted to Ms. Talmadge.


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