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Mr. Wu (1927)

When Mandarin Wu's unmarried daughter becomes pregnant by a young Englishman, he seeks vengeance.

Director:

William Nigh

Writers:

Maurice Vernon (from the 1913 play by) (as Henry Maurice Vernon), Harold Owen (from the 1913 play by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lon Chaney ... Mr. Wu / Wu's Grandfather
Louise Dresser ... Mrs. Gregory
Renée Adorée ... Nang Ping
Holmes Herbert ... Mr. Gregory
Ralph Forbes ... Basil Gregory
Gertrude Olmstead ... Hilda Gregory (as Gertrude Olmsted)
Mrs. Wong Wing Mrs. Wong Wing ... Ah Wong
Claude King ... Mr. Muir
Sonny Loy Sonny Loy ... Little Wu
Anna May Wong ... Loo Song
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luis Cordova Luis Cordova
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Storyline

Raised by his grandfather to adhere to the ancient laws of China, Mandarin Wu is a strict authoritarian. However, he is a doting father to his beautiful daughter Nang Ping. Nang Ping is to be married to a man of her father's choosing, a man she does not even know. But she falls in love with a dashing British visitor to China, Basil Gregory. Basil informs Nang Ping that he must return to Britain with his family, but she surprises him with the revelation that she carries his child. Wu learns of his daughter's dishonor and lets the ancient laws of China lead him relentlessly toward tragedy. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Love comes strangely into the life of little Nang Ping, daughter of the Madaran Wu, and tragedy follows on its heels. ((original ad) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin

Release Date:

26 March 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mister Wu See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$267,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$470,262, 31 December 1927
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

| (2000 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway play upon which this film is based opened at Maxine Elliott's Theater, 109 W. 39th St. on 14 October 1914 and ran for 53 performances. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Wu: [to Mrs. Gregory] Ere the sun sets, it is for one or the other to pay the debt. It is for you to decide.
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Alternate Versions

In 2000, Turner Classic Movies presented the television premiere with a music soundtrack composed, produced, edited and mixed by Maria Newman, who also conducted the Viklarbo Chamber Symphony. Its running time was 91 minutes. See more »

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Chaney's father son duo superb in slanted Mr. Wu
19 October 2011 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

In this weighted telling of the clash of two cultures Lon Chaney gives two magnificent portrayals of a Chinese Patriarch and his son bound to an ancient Cantonese Tradition regarding honor. The problem is the story pitting American mother Courage against ancient, outmoded bloodthirsty and sadistic Chinese tradition. In spite of its blatant bias Chaney brings to both elder and younger. admirable qualities with a certain dignity.

Raised by a strict grandfather Wu is determined to keep the Chinese tradition of choosing his daughter's husband to be sight unseen. She rebels when she meets a Britisher who in a nice touch has to climb over a wall to meet her. They get serious she dishonors the family, she must die. And that's not all.

With the Chinese Exclusion Act in place until 1943 one might see how easy it was to make one culture look so good and one so hostile. It's handsomely designed safely composed in favor of Chaney's beautifully nuanced and restrained performances while Rene Adoree as Wu's daughter Nang Ping seems contrived in comparison to Anna Mae Wong in a supporting role who would have brought so much more to the lead.

Even with it's blatant xenophobic thrust Mr. Wu is a fascinating document for the times of social acceptance. Just as much is to be said for the artistry of Mr. Chaney.


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