Ming Toy is on the auction block in China. She is saved by Billy and taken to San Francisco by Lo Sang Kee. To save her from deportation she is sold to Charlie Yong, the Chop Suey King. Billy kidnaps her with plans of marriage.

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Ming Toy
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Charlie Yong
E. Alyn Warren ...
Lo Sang Kee
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Hop Toy
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Edgar Norton ...
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Ming Toy is on the auction block in China. She is saved by Billy and taken to San Francisco by Lo Sang Kee. To save her from deportation she is sold to Charlie Yong, the Chop Suey King. Billy kidnaps her with plans of marriage.

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Sold into bondage when the Love Boat sailed!

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L'appello dell'innocente  »

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Alternate-language version of Oriente es Occidente (1930) See more »

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Words and Music by Robert Hood Bowers
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If east is west, then China is the same as Mexico
22 May 2016 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

I would like to recommend this picture to you. It has a message of tolerance and humanity about it. It has three fine lead actors early in their careers in Lew Ayres, Lupe Velez and Edward G. Robinson. It has a fine supporting cast. However, sometimes good messages and talent get caught up in production issues and a script that preaches ineptly. That's what happened here and if you sit through it it will seem like a stern and undesirable duty by the time you are done. So don't

It's not just the presence of actors in yellowface. A lot of Hollywood actors played all- purpose foreigners. Universal Studios made its living off B movies for the secondary movie houses, and the idea of telling their audience of conservative, small-town Americans that they were a bunch of racist jerks had its toll. Any positive message is lost in the idiotic portrayals and the deus ex machina ending.

So don't see this one. The kindest thing that could be said is that it has not aged well. To say that would be a lie. It was a mess to begin with.


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