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The Forbidden City (1918)

A Chinese mandarin hopes to regain favor with the Emporer by betrothing her to him, but he doesn't know she's secretly married to the American consul and pregnant.

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San San / Toy
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John Worden
E. Alyn Warren ...
Wong Li
Michael Rayle ...
Mandarin
L. Rogers Lytton ...
Chinese Emperor
Reid Hamilton ...
Lieutenant Philip Halbert
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Charles Fang ...
Yuan-Loo
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The daughter of a Chinese mandarin is sentenced to death for her secret marriage to an American. Their child, raised in the mandarin's palace, grows up and escapes to seek her father, now a high-ranking official in the Philippines. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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6 October 1918 (USA)  »

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A Tale of the Forbidden City  »

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Touching movie about inter-racial love
23 October 2003 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

I was very moved by this film. Norma Talmadge plays the role of San-San, a mandarin's daughter, who risks all for love of Thomas Meighan's character, an American diplomat named Worden. She is very believable as an oriental girl who is longing for love. Norma also plays the love child of San-San and Worden, as a young adult, trying to escape from her brutal life in the emperor's palace.

This type of story has been done before, but perhaps never so tenderly and sweetly as in this old, old film. This is a haunting movie, with great performances from all the cast. It is not to be missed.


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