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Son of the Gods (1930)

A Chinese posing as an American goes to Monte Carlo where he falls in love with Alanna, who later goes berserk upon learning his true identity.

Director:

Frank Lloyd (uncredited)

Writers:

Rex Beach (story), Bradley King (screen version) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Barthelmess ... Sam Lee
Constance Bennett ... Allana
Anders Randolf ... Wagner
E. Alyn Warren ... Lee Ying
Claude King ... Bathurst
Frank Albertson ... Kicker
King Hou Chang ... Moy
Mildred Van Dorn Mildred Van Dorn ... Eileen
Barbara Leonard ... Mabel
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A Chinese posing as an American goes to Monte Carlo where he falls in love with Alanna, who later goes berserk upon learning his true identity.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin | French

Release Date:

9 March 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De zoon der goden See more »

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First National Pictures See more »
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Mono (Vitaphone)

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor) (one sequence)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The 2-strip Technicolor sequence, running 442 feet, i.e. the flashbacks to San Francisco's Chinatown, when Sam was a child, only survives in black and white and has been given a Sepiatone treatment for the Turner Classic Movies presentation. See more »

Quotes

Alice Hart: Oh, Mr. Midas, what haven't you got?
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Alternate Versions

First National Pictures, Inc. also released this film as a silent, for which also wrote the titles. See more »

Soundtracks

Pretty Little You
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Sol Violinsky
Lyrics by Ben Ryan
Sung by Frank Albertson, James Eagles, Geneva Mitchell and Barbara Leonard
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The Good China
14 September 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Wealthy Caucasian-looking Chinese student Richard Barthelmess (as Sam Lee) is accepted by some of his school chums, but many girls shun him when they find out he's really a "Chinaman". Not knowing where he fits in, Mr. Barthelmess drops out of college and sails for Europe. Barthelmess settles in the south of France, assisting English author Claude King (as Mr. Bathurst) with a play he is writing about Chinese culture. Barthelmess is "popular with the ladies," and catches the eye of beautiful blonde Constance Bennett (as Allana Wagner). Perhaps recalling his earlier rejections, Barthelmess does not reveal his Chinese ancestry to Ms. Bennett...

Her father Anders Randolf (as Mr. Wagner) wonders about Barthelmess' background but Bennett doesn't care, or does she...

Bennett's reaction to the news should not to be missed. You should note that the very next scene begins her turnaround, and that she has transferred feelings to her victim. This trading off of prejudice is artful and interesting; and, for the time, this film takes a positive stand regarding miscegenation. That doesn't make it convincing, however. Barthelmess was a top actor, and placed #8 in "Quigley Publications" 1930 annual money-makers list. He has some good scenes, and the production values are high, but his characterization is askew. Barthelmess was getting too old for the college boy roles. And Bennett is saddled with a difficult to redeem scene.

***** Son of the Gods (3/9/30) Frank Lloyd ~ Richard Barthelmess, Constance Bennett, Anders Randolf, E. Alyn Warren


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