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9 March 1930 (USA) See more »
A Chinese posing as an American goes to Monte Carlo where he falls in love with Alanna, who later goes berserk upon learning his true identity. | Add synopsis »
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Richard Barthelmess ... Sam Lee

Constance Bennett ... Allana
Anders Randolf ... Wagner

E. Alyn Warren ... Lee Ying
Claude King ... Bathurst

Frank Albertson ... Kicker

King Hou Chang ... Moy
Mildred Van Dorn ... Eileen
Barbara Leonard ... Mabel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wilson Benge ... Bathurst's Butler (uncredited)
Ivan Christy ... Cafe Manager (uncredited)

Wong Chung ... One of Lee Ying's Associates (uncredited)

Geraldine Dvorak ... Roulette Player (uncredited)
James Eagles ... Spud (uncredited)

Bess Flowers ... Indian Woman (uncredited)

Robert Homans ... Dugan (uncredited)

George Irving ... Attorney (uncredited)

Dorothy Mathews ... Alice Hart (uncredited)

Geneva Mitchell ... Connie (uncredited)

Dickie Moore ... Sam Lee - as a Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Lloyd (uncredited)
Writing credits
Rex Beach (story)

Bradley King (screen version)

Bradley King (dialogue)

Cinematography by
Ernest Haller (photography)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
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93 min
Color (2-strip Technicolor) (one sequence) | Black and White
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1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Vitaphone)
Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1930) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating)

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Fascinating Look at Racism, 11 November 2005
Author: drednm from United States

Interesting story and sympathetic treatment of racial discrimination, Son of the Gods is rather too long and contains some hammy acting, but on the whole remains a fascinating film.

Story about a Chinese passing as White (Rchard Barthelmess) starts as Barthelmess leaves college after being insulted by a trio of brainless co-eds. He embarks on a world tour to discover himself and ends up as secretary to a British playwright (Claude King). In Monte Carlo he meets beautiful Alanna Wagner (Constance Bennett) and they fall in love. But when she discovers he is Chinese she goes berserk in a memorable scene.

Plagued by guilt and love, Alanna goes into a mental spiral and makes a few attempts to contact Barthelmess. After his father dies he takes over the business (banking?) and dons Chinese garb as a symbol of his hatred of the White race that has spurned him. After a San Francisco detective tells him the truth about his birth, Barthelmess makes the decision to honor his Chinese father and mother.

And I agree that one reviewer here never saw this film. Alanna declares her love for Sam BEFORE he tells her of his recent discovery. And that makes all the difference in this film.

Barthelmess and Bennett each have a few scenes where they chew the scenery, but on the whole this is a solid and interesting drama. Frank Albertson is good as the nice college pal, Claude King is solid as the playwright Bathurst, Bess Flowers has one scene as an Oklahoma Indian, and E. Alyn Warren is the Chinese father, Dorothy Mathews is nasty Alice. Not so good are Anders Randolf as Bennett's father and Mildred Van Dorn as Eileen. Also note the gorgeous blonde to the right of Barthelmess at the roulette table. What a stunner whoever she was!

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