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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'
Marguerite De La Motte ...
Sympathy Gibbs
Harrison Ford ...
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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10 November 1922 (USA)  »

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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 »


Nate Snow: Pray, or get out! We are all believers in Urkey. We want no hethens.
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Timeless topic, Masterful acting by Chaney
14 February 2007 | by (southeast texas) – See all my reviews

This film doesn't land in the masterpiece category but it has all the essentials needed to make it entertaining and very worth watching. The story about love, spousal abuse,jealousy, cruel prejudice and extreme religious fervor are timeless ones which provide good roots for the plot to grow and branch out. Marguerite De La Motte's acting performance is just right with facial expression and gestures that convey their intent but are not overdone. I thought all the acting was pretty good but it is Lon Chaney who, of course, captures your heart and emotions with his portrayal of Yen Sin. His masterful skill is evidentas he maintains that hunched over posture throughout the film and makes you believe he is an old Chinese man with poignant expression while wearing considerably little make-up.

Yen Sin's character is one of depth. We are given insight to his kindness and selflessness on many occasions.His kindness to the little kitten (when he gives the kitten his new pillow and does without himself) is just one of many touching moments that give us an interest in this character which stays fervent until the film's end. I would recommend this film not only to Chaney fans, but to anyone who likes silents,as it is a picture with a moderate length, timeless topic, and great acting.

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