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A Tale of Two Worlds (1921)

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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Newcombe
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Sui Sen
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Ling Jo
E. Alyn Warren ...
Ah Wing (as E.A. Warren)
Margaret McWade ...
Attendant
Tôgô Yamamoto ...
One Eye
Yutaka Abe ...
The Worm (as Jack Abbe)
Louie Cheung ...
Chinaman
Chow Young ...
Slave Girl
Etta Lee ...
Ah Fah
Ah Wing ...
Servant Spy
Goro Kino ...
Windlass Man
Arthur Soames ...
Dr. Newcombe
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Mrs. Newcombe
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Mr. Carmichael (as Dwight Crittenden)
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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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13 March 1921 (USA)  »

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The Water Lily  »

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Fun stuff with a great design.
17 March 1999 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See 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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