Shadows (1922)

Passed  |   |  Drama  |  10 November 1922 (USA)
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A dying Chinese man converts to Christianity in order to stop a friend from being blackmailed.



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Complete credited cast:
Yen Sin - 'The Heathen'
Sympathy Gibbs
John Malden
John St. Polis ...
Nate Snow
Walter Long ...
Daniel Gibbs
Buddy Messinger ...
'Mr. Bad Boy'
Priscilla Bonner ...
Mary Brent
Frances Raymond ...
Emsy Nickerson


Yen Sin, a humble Chinese, is washed ashore after a storm and finds himself an outsider in the deeply Christian fishing community of Urkey. Yen Sin elects to stay, despite his status as a despised 'heathen', only to reveal hypocrisy amid the self-righteous township. Written by Kieran Kenney

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Adapted From the Famous Prize Story 'CHING CHING CHINAMAN" (original poster) See more »




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Release Date:

10 November 1922 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le repentir  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In a title card, the minister says it's been "over a year" since he learned that Daniel was still alive on the day his daughter was born, yet in the final scene the baby is no bigger than she was at birth. See more »


Nate Snow: Pray, or get out! We are all believers in Urkey. We want no hethens.
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Featured in Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000) See more »

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Chaney's Performance Takes Everyone Else to the Cleaners!

Wow! If you had any doubts at all, any - about Lon Chaney's skills as an actor, then Shadows should make a believer out of you as Lon gives one of his very best performances as a meek, hobbling Chinese cripple who does laundry in a small fishing village. Yen Sin is a very complex character for a film so early as he is kind and Christian in reality but to most of the village he is seen as a non-believing heathen and an Oriental. Prejudice flys all over this film as those that demand Yen Sin convert openly defy the very principles they want to force on him, and Yen Sin sees no reason to convert because of this very reason. He sees people for what they truly are - at least that is what I got out of it. Chaney's performance rises way above the source material here as the main story is not about Yen Sin, but rather about a young, principled minister marrying a woman whose husband was recently declared dead at sea. But wait! Just like any good melodrama, some one is very unhappy and secretly loves the young woman. Is it her husband who really was not dead at all? Maybe it was the minister's deacon and best friend? Perhaps is was Yen Sin himself, or maybe the little fat boy that had befriended Yen Sin because he gave him his Lychee nuts? Tune in to find out!

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