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Where East Is East (1929)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  4 May 1929 (USA)
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When an animal trapper in Indo-China finds that his daughter's fiancé is being successfully seduced by her estranged mother, he takes appropriate action.

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'Tiger' Haynes is a respected trapper of jungle beasts for zoos and circuses and a doting father to his beautiful young daughter Toyo. When he finds out that she's fallen in love with Bobby Bailey, the son of a wealthy circus owner he frequently deals with, Haynes is initially suspicious of the young man's motives. However, Bailey's sincerity soon wins him over, and they take the river boat to Saigon together to see the young man's father. While on board Bobby meets the femme fatale cougar, Mme. de Sylva, who immediately desires the young man and easily seduces him. In reality, she is Toyo's mother and a notoriously predatory seductress. Tiger adamantly insinuates himself between de Sylva and her latest conquest and seemingly breaks up the romance and returns home to oversee Toyo and Bobby's wedding, but Toyo's mother unexpectedly arrives with the objective of vamping Bobby. In order to avoid having Toyo's heart broken by her mother, Tiger resorts to the 'law of the jungle.' Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Ironically Estelle Taylor was reportedly the last person to see Lupe Velez alive before her suicide. See more »

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Gorillas are not found in the jungles of Southeast Asia. See more »

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intertitle: Day after day Tiger watched Toyo's happiness grow... but it was always through eyes filled with fear.
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Steamy Silent Movie
1 December 2010 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

I am not a big fan of silent movies, but occasionally when I see one on TCM I will give it a couple of minutes. In the case of Where East Is East, I saw the whole thing! Estelle Taylor is definitely the hottie in this film, and while she is 14 years older than Lupe Velez, Taylor looks awesome.

What surprised me about this film was that there was so much steamy innuendo. Taylor is on the prowl as soon as she comes on screen. She is all over her daughter's boyfriend, and for good measure, she is all over everyone else. At one point, she deep kisses her daughter's boyfriend on the mouth as she is hugging her daughter and the boyfriend. Then she kisses her daughter on the mouth too. It really seemed like racy stuff considering this film was done in 1929. The lesbian angle between Taylor and her girl servant is another kinky twist to this movie.

Lon Chaney is mostly the observer and the straight man. We get the average guy's reaction shots when he walks in on various situations, and we see Chaney as a loving father to Lupe Velez. Velez manages to be innocent and yet very sexy too. That is not easy, especially when you consider that all the emoting is being done in a silent movie.

The only actor that I thought was a bit of a dud was the boyfriend. He played his role of the good guy too well. I think if there had been a little bit of sleaziness in the character of the boyfriend, it would have made this film a lot more compelling, because the overtures of Taylor would have felt more sinister. As it is, all the sleaziness was carried on the back of Taylor, and the sleaze factor is what makes this movie so entertaining.

Overall, I thought this was a fascinating film. There was a lot of good acting and emoting going on, and it had adult situations that I never expected to see in a 1920s film.


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