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Old San Francisco (1927)

Passed | | Drama, History, Romance | 4 September 1927 (USA)
In San Francisco, a villainous land owner with underworld connections seeks to steal the property of an old Spanish family.

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Complete credited cast:
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Josef Swickard ...
Don Hernandez de Vasquez
Anders Randolf ...
Michael Brandon (as Anders Randolph)
Charles Emmett Mack ...
Terrence O'Shaughnessy (as Chas. E. Mack)
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Chris Buckwell
Angelo Rossitto ...
Chang Loo - the Dwarf (as Angelo Rossita)
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A Flower of the Orient
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Captain Enrique de Solano Y Vasquez - in Prologue
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Vasquez's Grandson - in Prologue
Otto Matieson ...
Vasquez's Grandson - in Prologue
Martha Mattox ...
Mother - in Prologue
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Captain Stoner - in Prologue
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Storyline

The Vasquez family are one of the oldest families in San Francisco, but their day of glory is past and now all that remains of them are an old man and his granddaughter, the innocent Dolores. The villainous Chris Buckwell wants to steal their land and ranch from them, even using unfair means to get his hands on it. One of his employees' has a nephew who falls for Dolores, however, and together they make plans to save the ranch. Unfortunately for them, Buckwell has a secret and discovering it might prove dangerous. Written by cupcakes

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Beauty at a Price in Chinatown! See more »

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Drama | History | Romance

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Passed
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4 September 1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die letzten Tage von San Francisco  »

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(TCM print)

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(alternate version)| (Vitaphone) (musical score and sound effects) (Western Electric Apparatus)

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1.33 : 1
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Vitaphone production reels #576-585; 5th Warner Bros. full-length feature to be released with Vitaphone musical accompaniment. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: The Chinese question had long vexed San Francisco. To keep the Mongol within the limits of Chinatown - - what graft and cruelty were invoked!
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Featured in Thrills from the Past (1954) See more »

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Historical drama in an historic film
19 June 2016 | by (California) – See all my reviews

This is one of the last silent films, made just before "The Jazz Singer" came out, and it is technically better than most of the other silent films as it used Warner Brothers Vitaphone technique.

It also benefits from a tour d'force by Dolores Costello (who was the wife of John Barrymore at the time) and is probably one of her best roles. She manages to go beyond the silent film melodrama, as does Anna May Wong, the busiest Asian woman in films in the first half of the 20th Century.

Warner Oland (a Swede who nonetheless almost always play an Asian, including his stint as Charlie Chan) shows up as a Chinese thug who masquerades as a White man, although Oland is not at the top of his game here.

The climax of the film is the 1906 earthquake and for the time it is spectacular. The version of the restored film I saw had both the beginning and the end in harsh sepia tones, but the middle was fine.

The film is well worth viewing as one of the last great silent films.


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