Crooked Streets (1920)

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Gail Ellis
Rupert O'Dare
Clyde Fillmore ...
Lawrence Griswold
Silas Griswold (as Clarence H. Geldart)
Josephine Crowell ...
Mrs. Griswold
Fred Starr ...
Sailor Hugh (as Frederick Starr)


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Release Date:

8 August 1920 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'antiquaire  »

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1.33 : 1
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Shanghaied In Shanghai
12 August 2015 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

A young lady applies for a job as a secretary for an antique collector. She gets the job shortly before his planned trip to China with his wife and grown son, specifically to Shanghai to purchase Oriental antiques. Upon arrival they are cautioned not to go out alone in this sinful city

  • things may happen, none of them good. Guess what? You are right. Out

she goes to see the sights and comes across Jack Holt, an American who seems right at home in teeming Shanghai.

Things go badly on her sightseeing excursion. The rickshaw driver brings her to the 'sinful' part of town and she is beset by a host of Chinese undesirables. A group of French sailors on leave decide to make sport of her, until Jack Holt comes to the rescue. He fights a bout with the French fleet champion boxer and wins. She is free. They then join forces - he is with the U.S. Secret Service, and she with the British Secret Service - and together they bust a notorious opium dealer - her employers! Of course, they marry and are presumably happy ever after.

The picture starts off slowly but picks up steam upon arrival in China. I thought the set design was remarkable and resembled Shanghai as I would imagine it, including the thousands of extras to crowd city streets filled with packed-in stores and tenements. The ending was a surprise as the two revealed their true identities as the story was coming to a close. The website rating is about right in my estimation.

I wrote the whole summary because you probably can't see this one - the only surviving print is in the Library of Congress. I saw it at Capitolfest, Rome N.Y., 8/15.

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