Seeing Ma May, a beautiful Burmese maiden, cruelly beaten by Gunga Din, her father, Tommy Wilkins interferes on her behalf. He is a British soldier stationed at Mandalay and is aghast at ... See full summary »

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Tommy Wilkins
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Seeing Ma May, a beautiful Burmese maiden, cruelly beaten by Gunga Din, her father, Tommy Wilkins interferes on her behalf. He is a British soldier stationed at Mandalay and is aghast at the manner in which the native women are treated. Greatly struck by Ma May's tropical beauty he keeps on the watch for her, hoping someday to meet her again. He sees her in Rangoon, going to the Shwe Dagon pagoda, said to be the most costly edifice of its kind in the world, where she worships at a shrine of Buddha, praying for help in her troubles. After she leaves the pagoda, Tommy accosts her. Although at first much afraid of him, he is soon able to convince her that he is an honorable soldier and that he means no harm by her. After this meeting he meets her frequently in a beautiful park outside the city and is able to win her love. His regiment is suddenly ordered back to England and Tommy is obliged to go, not even being able to say goodbye to his pretty Burmese sweetheart. Back in "dear old ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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21 August 1913 (USA)  »

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This picture needs the music to give it life
4 November 2017 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

Illustrating Kipling's Mandalay song, this picture needs the music to give it life. We saw it accompanied by the usual drumming on the piano and it fell very flat; but it has this quality that it does illustrate the words and sentiment of the song, and the two together should go very well. It was taken by the Vitagraph travelers in Mandalay; was written by James Young, and produced by Maurice Costello, who also plays the role of the British soldier. Clara Kimball Young is not very effective as the Burma girl who prays to the idol; but is more so than W.V. Ranous as her father. The backgrounds are often full of interest. It is clearly photographed. - The Moving Picture World, September 6, 1913


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