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Shadows (1922)

Passed | | Drama | 10 November 1922 (USA)
A dying Chinese man converts to Christianity in order to stop a friend from being blackmailed.

Director:

Tom Forman

Writers:

Wilbur Daniel Steele (story "Ching-Ching Chinaman"), Eve Unsell (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lon Chaney ... Yen Sin - 'The Heathen'
Marguerite De La Motte ... Sympathy Gibbs
Harrison Ford ... John Malden
John St. Polis ... Nate Snow
Walter Long ... Daniel Gibbs
Buddy Messinger Buddy Messinger ... 'Mr. Bad Boy'
Priscilla Bonner ... Mary Brent
Frances Raymond Frances Raymond ... Emsy Nickerson
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Yen Sin, a humble Chinese, is washed ashore after a storm and finds himself an outsider in the deeply Christian fishing community of Urkey. Yen Sin elects to stay, despite his status as a despised 'heathen', only to reveal hypocrisy amid the self-righteous township. Written by Kieran Kenney

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A Tom Forman Production (original poster) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le repentir See more »

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Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Following the successful telecasts of Othello (1922) and _'The Eagle (1925)_, New York City's WJZ (Channel 7), began a weekly series of Sunday evening silent film feature presentations, shown more or less in their entirety, which aired intermittently for the next twelve months. This feature was initially broadcast Sunday 12 December 1948, and, like the rest of the series, aired simultaneously on sister stations WFIL (Channel 6) (Philadelphia) and freshly launched WAAM (Channel 13) (Baltimore), an innovation at the time; the following week's selection would be Peck's Bad Boy (1921). See more »

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In a title card, the minister says it's been "over a year" since he learned that Daniel was still alive on the day his daughter was born, yet in the final scene the baby is no bigger than she was at birth. See more »

Quotes

John Malden: I have suffered - but you, Nate - you must have suffered a thousand times more - to do the thing that you did.
Yen Sin,'The Heathen': Mista Minista - you forgive Mista Nate Snow - ?
John Malden: He has confessed - he must be forgiven.
Yen Sin,'The Heathen': If you forgive, then Yen Sin believe.
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Featured in Lon Chaney: A Thousand Faces (2000) See more »

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Another good Chaney performance in another mediocre movie
3 November 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

Chaney's performance as the chinese launderman is really the only thing lifting this film above the level of mediocre. Still, it provides a story with gothic overtones, albeit cliched ones. A woman (De La Motte, always competent) marries an evil seafarer who meets an early grave at sea; she marries the new town parson. But a jealous 3rd party convinces the parson that the first husband is still alive, blackmailing him in that man's name and driving him to stop sleeping with his wife (hence the gothic element of "true love thwarted"). It's up to Chaney, of course, to clear it all up and be "converted" (as usual, see "The Penalty") on his death-bed.

Chaney's make up is excellent, although not quite as astounding as his asian makeup for the later "Mr. Wu" (in which he appeared as 100 + years old). His playing is somewhat coy, in keeping with the tone of the film in general. As usual, we don't get to see as much of him as of the film's leading man, in this case the stolid Ford (slightly better than he usually is here).

Should be seen by Chaney fans, but may not be the best introduction to Chaney's art (as suggested by others) -- his gothic masterpieces being of course "The Unknown" and "He Who Gets Slapped" as well as the memorable "Unholy 3" and others. Unfortunately, this film ("Shadows") falls for me into the category of overblown films that feature excellent Chaney performances (such as "Phantom of the Opera" and "Hunchback of Notre Dame").


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