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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| (Ontario)

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


Intertitle: To every people, in every age, there comes a measure of God to man - through man.
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Another Early Gem From Lon Chaney
10 July 2001 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Shadows" is another remarkable performance from the legendary Lon Chaney. In this story, he plays a Chinese immigrant Yen Sin, who appears on the scene following his rescue at sea after a violent storm.

The lovely Marguerite De La Motte is the heroine, Sympathy who is married to the brutish Daniel Gibbs (Walter Long) who was apparently lost at sea in the same storm. Along comes a new minister, Harrison Ford (no, not THAT Harrison Ford) who falls in love with the heroine. John St. Polis plays the Minister's faithful friend (or is he?) who is also in love with Miss Sympathy. Mixed in with all of this melodrama are the Minister's efforts to convert the Chaney character.

Chaney's makeup, as always, is astounding. He basically becomes his character and makes you believe that he IS Yen Sin. You just can't help but feel a little sorry for him. He minds his own business despite all of the pressures around him until the final reel when he reveals an unexpected turn of events.

I wish that more of Chaney's movies were available. He was and is one of the true greats of the silent screen.

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