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The 30 Apr 1910 Moving Picture World reported that Selig Polyscope in Chicago would make a film version of The First Born, a David Belasco-produced play that was currently touring the country. Hobart Bosworth, a member of the original cast, was set to play his character in the ... More Less

The 30 Apr 1910 Moving Picture World reported that Selig Polyscope in Chicago would make a film version of The First Born, a David Belasco-produced play that was currently touring the country. Hobart Bosworth, a member of the original cast, was set to play his character in the film. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
6 Feb 1921.
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Moving Picture World
Apr 30 1910
691.
New York Times
31 Jan 1921
p. 11.
Variety
4 Feb 1921
p. 21.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The First Born by Francis Powers (New York, 5 Oct 1897).
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 January 1921
Copyright Claimants:
Hayakawa Feature Play Co. Robertson-Cole Distributing Corp.
Copyright Dates:
22 November 1920 30 January 1921
Copyright Numbers:
LU15817 LU16178
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5 , 6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Chan Wang, boatman on the Hoang-Ho, is forced to marry Chan Lee, when his beloved, Loey Tsing, is sold to Kuey Lar, a rich merchant in San Francisco. Soon a son, Chan Toy, is born to Chan Lee. In San Francisco, Wang meets his former sweetheart and arouses the jealousy of her owner, who entices Chan's wife and son to his home. There the child falls from a window and is killed. In revenge, Wang kills the abductor of his former love and the destroyer of his firstborn; then, in final submission, he returns to his native land with Loey ... +


Chan Wang, boatman on the Hoang-Ho, is forced to marry Chan Lee, when his beloved, Loey Tsing, is sold to Kuey Lar, a rich merchant in San Francisco. Soon a son, Chan Toy, is born to Chan Lee. In San Francisco, Wang meets his former sweetheart and arouses the jealousy of her owner, who entices Chan's wife and son to his home. There the child falls from a window and is killed. In revenge, Wang kills the abductor of his former love and the destroyer of his firstborn; then, in final submission, he returns to his native land with Loey Tsing. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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