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Where East Is East (1929)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | 4 May 1929 (USA)
When an animal trapper in Indo-China finds that his daughter's fiancé is being successfully seduced by her estranged mother, he takes appropriate action.

Director:

Tod Browning

Writers:

Tod Browning (story), Harry Sinclair Drago (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lon Chaney ... Tiger Haynes
Lupe Velez ... Toyo Haynes
Estelle Taylor ... Mme. de Sylva
Lloyd Hughes ... Bobby Bailey
Louis Stern Louis Stern ... Padré Angelo
Mrs. Wong Wing Mrs. Wong Wing ... Ming
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Storyline

'Tiger' Haynes is a respected trapper of jungle beasts for zoos and circuses and a doting father to his beautiful young daughter Toyo. When he finds out that she's fallen in love with Bobby Bailey, the son of a wealthy circus owner he frequently deals with, Haynes is initially suspicious of the young man's motives. However, Bailey's sincerity soon wins him over, and they take the river boat to Saigon together to see the young man's father. While on board Bobby meets the femme fatale cougar, Mme. de Sylva, who immediately desires the young man and easily seduces him. In reality, she is Toyo's mother and a notoriously predatory seductress. Tiger adamantly insinuates himself between de Sylva and her latest conquest and seemingly breaks up the romance and returns home to oversee Toyo and Bobby's wedding, but Toyo's mother unexpectedly arrives with the objective of vamping Bobby. In order to avoid having Toyo's heart broken by her mother, Tiger resorts to the 'law of the jungle.' Written by duke1029@aol.com

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All his life he had hunted wild beasts without fear. It took a woman- cruel and fascinating, like a serpent- to make him afraid. (Print Ad-Florence Times- News. ((Florence, Ala.)) 8 September 1929) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oriente See more »

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Budget:

$295,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (musical score and sound effects)| Silent (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ironically Estelle Taylor was reportedly the last person to see Lupe Velez alive before her suicide. See more »

Goofs

Gorillas are not found in the jungles of Southeast Asia. See more »

Quotes

intertitle: Drifting hours... pale moon shadows through Babul trees; Native song... weird, plaintive melodies. Fading stars... a perfumed breeze. From lotus, jasmin and Moghra trees. These nights of the East are strange and wayward things.
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Referenced in Man of a Thousand Faces (1957) See more »

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Very Entertaining. Estelle Taylor is hilarious as vamp.
2 October 2017 | by salvidienusorfitusSee all my reviews

Very Entertaining. Estelle Taylor is hilarious as the seductress/vamp. I love the way she moves her eyes. The Synchronized musical score is perfect. I especially love the theme song that plays every-time Estelle Taylor starts vamping.

Lupe Velez plays her part in a rather low brow manner so it isn't a surprise that her boyfriend (played by Lloyd Hughes) falls for her enchanting mother. Lon Chaney plays his part well but Estelle Taylor steals the picture away with her mesmerizing performance. And you can't really blame Lloyd Hughes, as Lupe Velez has the sex appeal of a country bumpkin in comparison to Estelle Taylor.


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