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Broken Blossoms (1936)

A Chinese missionary comes to England. He helps a young girl ill-treated by her father. A remake of D. W. Griffith's "Masterpiece".


John Brahm (as Hans Brahm)


Thomas Burke (adapted from "The Chink and the Child"), Emlyn Williams (adapted from D.W. Griffith's Masterpiece)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dolly Haas ... Lucy
Emlyn Williams ... Chen
Arthur Margetson ... Burrows
C.V. France ... High Priest
Basil Radford ... Mr. Reed
Edith Sharpe Edith Sharpe ... Mrs. Reed
Ernest Jay Ernest Jay ... Alf
Bertha Belmore Bertha Belmore ... Daisy
Gibb McLaughlin ... Evil Eye
Ernest Sefton Ernest Sefton ... Manager
Donald Calthrop ... Old Chinaman
Kathleen Harrison ... Mrs. Lossy
Kenneth Villiers Kenneth Villiers ... Missionary
Dorothy Minto Dorothy Minto ... Woman
Sam Wilkinson Sam Wilkinson ... Guide


The spiritual and peace-loving Chen resides in London's Limehouse district, where he teaches and promotes peaceful Buddhist concepts. He is attracted to the beleaguered Lucy Burrows, whose prizefighter father beats her persistently. When Chen rescues Lucy from one of her father's attacks, the boxer sets out to avenge himself on the foreigner. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Release Date:

13 January 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Giglio infranto See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (recorded on) (Visatone Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Edie Martin. See more »


Referenced in Concerto Macabre: The Films of John Brahm (2007) See more »

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Slow And Tedious
18 July 2015 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

According to Halliwell it was originally intended that D W Griffiths would direct this film.Sadly he didn't.Instead it was given to a total incompetent who seemed to think that he must direct the film as if it were a silent.Everything is exaggerated,except of course for Emlyn Williams who has decided to underplay.He plays the part without a Chinese accent.Meanwhile Dolly Haas,plays the cockney female lead with her German accent.It is interesting to note that many of the technical personnel were German and this has clearly had an effect on the photography which is probably the only positive aspect of this whole dreary mess.Sometimes it is better to have second thoughts about going through with a remake.Clearly this is such an example.

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