When Mandarin Wu's unmarried daughter becomes pregnant by a young Englishman, he seeks vengeance.

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Mr. Wu / Wu's Grandfather
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Mrs. Gregory
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Nang Ping
Holmes Herbert ...
Mr. Gregory
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Basil Gregory
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Hilda Gregory (as Gertrude Olmsted)
Mrs. Wong Wing ...
Ah Wong
Claude King ...
Mr. Muir
Sonny Loy ...
Little Wu
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Loo Song
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Raised by his grandfather to adhere to the ancient laws of China, Mandarin Wu is a strict authoritarian. However, he is a doting father to his beautiful daughter Nang Ping. Nang Ping is to be married to a man of her father's choosing, a man she does not even know. But she falls in love with a dashing British visitor to China, Basil Gregory. Basil informs Nang Ping that he must return to Britain with his family, but she surprises him with the revelation that she carries his child. Wu learns of his daughter's dishonor and lets the ancient laws of China lead him relentlessly toward tragedy. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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SHE WAS GUILTY OF LOVE AND THE UNWRITTEN CODE OF THE EAST CRIED FOR VENGEANCE! (original poster - all caps) See more »

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26 March 1927 (USA)  »

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$267,000 (estimated)
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Mr. Wu: [to Nang Ping] Love is beautiful, my darling, and very sweet. Have no fear.
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Chaney Takes the Slow Boat to China
15 December 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Ancient Chinese custom gets the best of star Lon Chaney in this re-make of 1919's melodramatic "Mr. Wu". Mr. Chaney portrays both Mr. Wu; and, in an extended prologue, he's Mr. Wu's grandfather. Chaney is, as ever, wildly entertaining. The film is well-produced, with beautiful photography and sets; with, for its time, a starry supporting cast. The main story doesn't get started until Chaney struts his oriental stuff; it involves daughter Renée Adorée (as Nang Ping) having an out-of-her-race affair with Englishman Ralph Forbes (as Basil Gregory).

Mr. Forbes plays the Englishman enchanted by a lovely "China doll" well. Ms. Adorée is not as convincing in her Asian role; certainly, supporting player Anna May Wong would have been better cast as Wu's daughter. Louise Dresser (as Mrs. Gregory) is quite excellent as Forbes' mother; at first, her role seems small - but, keep your eyes on Ms. Dresser, who turns in a great performance without extraordinary make-up! Chinese culture is not presented very flatteringly, to Western filmgoers, in the end. Chaney (as Wu)'s declaration, "My poor little blossom - broken by an ill West Wind," evokes D.W. Griffith's superior "Broken Blossoms" (1919), which more artfully covered some of the same ground.

******* Mr. Wu (3/26/27) William Nigh ~ Lon Chaney, Louise Dresser, Renée Adorée


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