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Mr. Wu (1927)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 26 March 1927 (USA)
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
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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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Luis Cordova
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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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All the glamorous color and mystery of the throbbing East sweeps through this amazing film of passion, intrigue and revenge. (original ad) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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26 March 1927 (USA)  »

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$267,000 (estimated)
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1.33 : 1
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For the hundred-year-old look, Wu Chaney build up his cheekbones and lips with cotton and collodion. Into his nostrils were inserted the ends of cigar holders and the long fingernails were constructed from strips of painted film stock. He used fish skin to fashion an Oriental cast to his eyes and grey crepe hair was used for the mustache and goatee. The make-up procedures took from four to six hours to apply. See more »

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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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Great Chaney
28 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Mr. Wu (1927)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Lon Chaney plays a duel role as Mr. Wu and his grandfather. In the film, Mr. Wu (Chaney) believes in an old Chinese custom of marrying his daughter (Renee Adoree) into another Chinese family but the girl has fallen in love with an Englishman (Ralph Forbes). When the Englishman leaves the girl, Wu must seek revenge by killing the man, his family and his own daughter. For the first seventy-minutes this is a love story between the two kids with the vengeance aspect just showing up for the final twenty. Overall I was pretty disappointed with the film, although there's some good stuff in it. I think this is one of the weakest performances from Chaney that I've seen because he seems to forget the performance in exchange for the brilliant make up. Chaney's make up effects as the grandfather are simply marvelous and you can't even tell that it's Chaney under all that make up. Adoree comes off very well bringing an innocence that's easy to connect with. Forbes is also very good in his role and the supporting players are nice as well. I think the film would have benefited with a tighter script that kept the action moving better because the middle of the film is rather dull with not too much going on. Had this middle section been as entertaining as the first and third acts then the movie would be much more memorable. As it is, this movie is mainly watchable due to the great make up work from Chaney.


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