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Where East Is East -- Lon Chaney hunts the most dangerous game in director Tod Browning's seamy tale of lust and revenge, costarring Lupe Velez and Estelle Taylor.


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4 May 1929 (USA) See more »
Where thrills are thrills! Where Chaney is Chaney at his superb best!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Beautiful and romantic story with a REAL CLIMAX See more (10 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lon Chaney ... Tiger Haynes

Lupe Velez ... Toyo Haynes

Estelle Taylor ... Mme. de Sylva

Lloyd Hughes ... Bobby Bailey
Louis Stern ... Padré
Mrs. Wong Wing ... Ming
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Willie Fung ... Servant (uncredited)
Duke Kahanamoku ... Wild Animal Trapper (uncredited)
Mademoiselle Kithnou ... de Sylva's Maid (uncredited)
Chris-Pin Martin ... Native Hunter (uncredited)
Richard Neill ... Rangho the Gorilla (uncredited)

Directed by
Tod Browning 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tod Browning  story
Harry Sinclair Drago  story
Joseph Farnham  titles (as Joe Farnham)
Richard Schayer  scenario
Waldemar Young  adaptation

Produced by
Hunt Stromberg .... producer
Irving Thalberg .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
William Axt (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Henry Sharp 
Film Editing by
Harry Reynolds 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Ryan .... assistant director (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Cox .... wardrobe

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65 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (musical score and sound effects) | Silent

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Ironically Estelle Taylor was reportedly the last person to see Lupe Velez alive before her suicide.See more »
Errors in geography: Gorillas are not found in the jungles of Southeast Asia.See more »
intertitle:Day after day Tiger watched Toyo's happiness grow... but it was always through eyes filled with fear.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)See more »


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Beautiful and romantic story with a REAL CLIMAX, 29 November 2010
Author: onolaie from United States

This film is so easy to watch and enjoy, Lupe Velez is a great under-rated actress and such an expert at pantomime (when she is happy, the viewer is happy, when she is sad, the viewer is sad). It could have been filmed with synchronous sound, but it is superb as a silent with some subtle sound effects. Lupe's eyes and body poses tell all her emotions, and her smile is so charming when it blossoms on screen into laughter. Lon Chaney is, well, um Lon Chaney, but there are some strange seamy undertones of incest with his jealous protection of Lupe (playing his daughter, Toyo) particularly when he pretends to be a tiger crouching on the floor and growling at Toyo whose laughter turns to tears as she rushes into his lap to cry and says she does "not want to play". Estelle Taylor as the absentee mother is sultry, seductive and gorgeous, her exotic costumes are extensions of her character. The surprise is that Lupe (the STAR) does not have any fantastic gowns to wear, not even at her own engagement dinner party. The scene with the enraged gorilla walking up the stairs to find her mother is chilling. Seems like the gorilla's eyes were visually enhanced, they shone with anger! You knew something awful would happen when the gorilla went insane when the mother showed up unexpectedly at the house. (Only Lon Chaney could have a caged pet African gorilla in Asia). A woman servant in the house prayed for the ancestors to remove the evil - that woman was the sweeter counterpart of the mother's personal maid who constantly betrays her. I kept waiting for the gorilla to get loose and I was not surprised. Reminds me of the climactic scenes at the end of "FREAKS" .. you never see the horrible brutality being committed, but you can easily imagine it. Estelle's wide open eyes were the same as Olga Baclanova's eyes in the rain before she was "chickenized". From start to finish the viewer correctly imagines the conclusion of all events, but you want to keep watching, and congratulate yourself for being right. This is film as art. This is very much a TOD BROWNING film.

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