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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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Credited cast:
San San / Toy
John Worden
E. Alyn Warren ...
Wong Li
Michael Rayle ...
L. Rogers Lytton ...
Chinese Emperor
Reid Hamilton ...
Lieutenant Philip Halbert
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Fang ...


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)  »

Also Known As:

A Tale of the Forbidden City  »

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Visually Striking Tale
31 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Norma Talmadge stars as San San, a Chinese woman who falls in love with an American and is killed when the local war lord discovers she has had a baby. The baby is brought up in the household but made fun of as being "American." Talmadge also stars as the grown up daughter who falls in love with an American (Reid Hamilton) and is reunited with her father. Somber tale has good sets and decent makeup. Talmadge is good in the dual roles, and Thomas Meighan is also good, especially as the younger man. Most of the cast is buried under heavy makeup, but Talmadge and Meighan look good. The execution of San San is the highlight of the film.

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