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Mr. Wu (1927)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  26 March 1927 (USA)
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When Mandarin Wu's unmarried daughter becomes pregnant by a young Englishman, he seeks vengeance.

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Complete credited cast:
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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
Ralph Forbes ...
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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Storyline

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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Love comes strangely into the life of little Nang Ping, daughter of the Madaran Wu, and tragedy follows on its heels. ((original ad) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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26 March 1927 (USA)  »

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Mister Wu  »

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$267,000 (estimated)
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Shakespeare's "Titus Andronicus" served as the basis for the story line. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Wu: [Asking his friend Muir to act as his grandson's tutor] The West is coming to the East. The Little Wu must be taught to hold his own.
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Referenced in Man of a Thousand Faces (1957) See more »

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Chaney's Double Triumph
10 September 2004 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

The terrible trial of MR WU begins with his daughter's first love.

Lon Chaney once again gives scope to his prodigious talent, this time portraying a wealthy Mandarin who is compelled to commit the ultimate crime to avenge his family honor. Chaney inhabits the role, making every glance & gesture perfect for his portrayal of the character. Even while performing despicable acts, Chaney makes the viewer experience his private pain in an almost visceral way. Chaney also portrays ancient Grandfather Wu in the film's opening scenes, exhibiting an astonishing make-up transformation that is practically preternatural.

Much of the screen time is given over to Chaney's younger costars. French actress Renée Adorée provides a beautifully poignant portrayal of Wu's lovely, tragic daughter. Englishman Ralph Forbes, one of the most under-appreciated actors of his generation, gives a stalwart performance as her handsome Western lover. The tender romance of their scenes provides the film with its softer, more sentimental moments.

Louise Dresser plays Forbes' patrician mother, a woman somewhat isolated by her social status who is suddenly, violently, brought into confrontation with Wu's implacable vengeance. Holmes Herbert does well with his short role as her bigoted husband. Delicate Anna May Wong portrays Miss Adorée's faithful servant girl.

The silent film is given excellent production values by MGM, with the beautiful sets being especially noteworthy.


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