5.8/10
105
5 user 1 critic

The Son-Daughter (1932)

Passed | | Drama | 23 December 1932 (USA)
A large group of Chinese immigrants in San Francisco is clandestinely donating whatever money they earn to smuggle arms into China for the rebels in their fight against the centuries old ... See full summary »

Directors:

, (uncredited)

Writers:

(screen play) (as John Goodrich), (screen play) | 3 more credits »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Jigsaw (1962)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A woman is found murdered in a house along the coast from Brighton. Local detectives Fellows and Wilks lead an investigation methodically following up leads and clues mostly in Brighton and... See full summary »

Director: Val Guest
Stars: Jack Warner, Ronald Lewis, Yolande Donlan
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Unable to repay a substantial gambling debt to mob boss North, Alan Beckwith concocts a last-ditch scheme. Allowing North to take out a $100,000 insurance policy on his life, Alan agrees to... See full summary »

Director: Fred Niblo
Stars: William Boyd, James Gleason, Warner Oland
Certificate: Passed Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Poster writes a gossip column for the Morning Gazette. He will write about anyone and everyone as long as he gets the credit. He gets most of his information from his gal, Peggy who is a ... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Helen Twelvetrees, Ricardo Cortez, Jill Esmond
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A successful ex-boxer opens a high-class speakeasy in what once was the childhood home of a formerly rich society girl.

Director: Archie Mayo
Stars: George Raft, Constance Cummings, Wynne Gibson
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A young coed (Nan Barlow) uses her winter vacation to research a paper on witchcraft in New England. Her professor recommends that she spend her time in a small village called Whitewood. He... See full summary »

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Patricia Jessel, Dennis Lotis, Christopher Lee
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In addition to his yearly manifest of six 2-reel comedies, Leon Errol always managed to squeeze a few feature-film appearances into his RKO Radio contractual duties... See full synopsis »

Directors: Leslie Goodwins, Charles E. Roberts
Stars: Leon Errol, Dennis O'Keefe, Pamela Blake
Blithe Spirit (1945)
Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Adapted from a play by Noel Coward, Charles and his second wife Ruth, are haunted by the ghost of his first wife, Elvira. Medium Madame Arcati tries to help things out by contacting the ghost.

Director: David Lean
Stars: Rex Harrison, Constance Cummings, Kay Hammond
Broadway Bill (1934)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A runaway heiress and her sister's husband join forces to race the latter's fast horse, Broadway Bill.

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Warner Baxter, Myrna Loy, Walter Connolly
Wild River (1960)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A TVA bureaucrat comes to the river to do what none of his predecessors have been able to do - evict a stubborn octogenarian from her island before the rising waters engulf her.

Director: Elia Kazan
Stars: Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, Jo Van Fleet
Black Moon (1934)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A young girl who lives on a tropical island loses her parents to a voodoo sacrifice, but although she manages to escape the island, a curse is put on her. Years later, as an adult, she ... See full summary »

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Jack Holt, Fay Wray, Dorothy Burgess
Why Be Good? (1929)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A flapper with a dubious reputation enjoys a vivacious night of dancing and finds herself romantically linked to her boss.

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Colleen Moore, Neil Hamilton, Bodil Rosing
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A group of disparate travelers are caught are thrown together in a posh Alpine hotel when the borders are closed at the start of WWII.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Norma Shearer, Clark Gable, Edward Arnold
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Tom Lee
...
Dr. Dong Tong
...
Fen Sha
...
Fang Fou Hy
Louise Closser Hale ...
Toy Yah
...
Sin Kai
Edit

Storyline

A large group of Chinese immigrants in San Francisco is clandestinely donating whatever money they earn to smuggle arms into China for the rebels in their fight against the centuries old Manchurian imperial oppressors. The secrecy of their mission is to hide their identities from anyone supporting the imperial regime. One of the immigrants supporting the rebels is Dr. Dong Tong. His only offspring, the demure Lien Wha, who also supports the cause, is in love with poor university student, Tom Lee, the two who, after meeting formally, want to get married, which Dr. Tong supports. However, Dr. Tong learns that the rebel backers are short $100,000 for the latest shipment of arms, and are asking the four men within the group with eligible daughters to donate $25,000 apiece, that money to be raised by selling their daughters into marriage to a wealthy buyer. Dr. Tong is one of the four, Lien Wha the daughter to be sold. Simultaneously, Dr. Tong learns of Tom's true identity as the son of ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

23 December 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Canção do Oriente  »

Box Office

Budget:

$423,000 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Special lighting techniques were employed to make Chinatown look gaudy by day and drab at night. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Helen Hayes, Lewis Stone, Ralph Morgan and many others play Chinese-Americans. Nuff said!
8 August 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Through most of Hollywood's history, the studios have taken an extremely insensitive view towards portraying Asians. While this might not seem at all surprising for the 1920s (when Lon Chaney played MANY Chinese roles), the practice continued well into the modern era--with folks like Mickey Rooney and Tony Randall playing Asians! For a partial list of the ridiculously miscasts folks who played Asians, I give you: Marlon Brando, Edward G. Robinson, John Wayne, Paul Muni, Katharine Hepburn (YES, the red-headed and extremely New England Hepburn), Sidney Toler, Myrna Loy, Boris Karloff, David Carradine, Walter Huston and Agnes Morehead!! Heck, I am surprised they didn't try Shirley Temple or Hattie McDaniel as Asians!!

Here in "The Son-Daughter", the studio has brought us the obvious Asian-like actors, Helen Hayes, Ramon Novarro, Warner Oland, Lewis Stone, Ralph Morgan and even H.B. Warner (who was most famous for playing Jesus in "King of Kings")! Again, the studio establishes several important truths: that the audiences were pretty stupid and would accept this, that working with REAL Asians was deplorable and that there were absolutely no Asian actors in all of California!!! Of course, the first 'truth' might be true, as some of these films with non-Asians playing Asians were very successful. As for the second, it goes without saying. And for the third, of course there were very talented Asians--but the studios simply didn't care to offer them much in the way of leading roles. Sure, they could play slobbering Japanese in wartime films or Number One Son in a Charlie Chan film--but not leading men or women. As a result of these prejudices, there is absolutely no way that I can give this film a particularly good score--even if the rest of the film was perfect...which it isn't.

In "The Son-Daughter", the characters are supposed to be Chinese-Americans, so at least their completely non-Chinese diction can be understood. As for making them look Chinese, the actors mostly squinted!! I am surprised they didn't walk around holding their fingers up to their eyes or sporting buck-teeth to make them look even more Chinese!!

As for the movie itself, it's all pretty silly drivel--very silly indeed. The writing was sappy, the story sappy and the only good thing were the sets--which looked really, really nice. It's obvious MGM had money for sets....and perhaps nothing left for competent writing! Pretty bad.


3 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Son-Daughter (1932) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?