Dreka Langley ( Rosemary Theby ) leaves her Malay Peninsula home after her alcoholic husband shoots himself. On the way to join her brother in China, she stops, gives birth to a baby, and leaves him with a Chinese family. Dreka meets John Dangerfield ( Wyndham Standing ) and persuades him to leave his wife ( June Elvidge ) and daughter, Shirley ( Barbara Bedford ). They sink into the depths of the Chinese underworld until Dangerfield, deserted by Dreka, regains his health and former position. He unwittingly adopts Dreka's child, Frank ( Sam De Grasse ), and sends him to school in California. There Frank meets and falls in love with Dangerfield's daughter, Shirley, but, believing he is Chinese, he returns to China. He finds his mother, who tells him he is Caucasian before she dies from a bullet wound intended for him. Dangerfield returns to his forgiving wife, and Frank marries Shirley.
This 1924 silent melodrama was based on the short story "Pagan Passions" by Grace Sanderson Michie. Produced by Rellimeo Film Syndicate, starring Wyndham Standing, Sam De Grasse, June Elvidge, Barbara Bedford and Rosemary Theby. The survival status of Pagan Passions is listed as unknown, sadly suggesting it may now be a lost silent.
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