An educated, upscale young black musician marries a woman from a lower socioeconomic class to get her out of the clutches of her stepfather, who beats and abuses her. However, once he "... See full summary »
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
The original credits include a music score, conductor and orchestra, despite the film being a silent film. The Vitaphone Symphony Orchestra played at the first-run performance in New York, and the credit was also in printed programs distributed to the audience. See more »
[threatening the heroine, via subtitles, just before the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire]
You are the last of your line, my dear. Who will save a Vasquez now?
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I have seen this movie several times,and noticed things which other viewers have possibly overlooked.The main insults toward the Chinese come in a few tactless subtitles,and subtitles were often written by someone other than the plot writer.The Chinese are clearly shown as victims,particularly in the scene where the dignified leader of their businessmen stops his younger colleague,understandably enraged,from drawing his knife,reluctantly retreating before superior power.Certainly the Caucasians businessmen with whom Oland is in league are obviously no better than him.The scene with his brother is very telling.The brother is physically hideous,deformed to the point of seeming to be scarcely human.Oland is the epitome of the elegant,dignified "gentleman".Yet in that conversation,and later, it is obvious that it is Oland who is the dangerous monster,while his brother is the decent,honorable man.A very pointed lesson in not judging by appearances.What was obviously intended as irony is the part where Oland burns incense before the images of his gods,hypocritically begging "forgiveness" for the crimes against his own people ,including the ones that he intends to commit! His brother, his patience tried beyond endurance, sneers at him,"Monster,there is not enough incense in the world to hide the stench of your crimes from heaven!". HOW TRUE!And horribly common is such sickening hypocrisy today.Oland may not be in public office,but he is the very model of the typical POLITICIAN,a plague that afflicts all countries and all peoples.
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