Mr. Wu (1927)

80 mins | Melodrama | 26 March 1927

Director:

William Nigh

Cinematographer:

John Arnold

Editor:

Ben Lewis

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

Following the cast list in the opening credits, a title card appears with the following statement "The character of Grandfather Wu and Mandarin Wu are both played by Mr. Chaney." Wu Li Chang, a Spanish-language version of Mr. Wu, was produced in 1930 (see ... More Less

Following the cast list in the opening credits, a title card appears with the following statement "The character of Grandfather Wu and Mandarin Wu are both played by Mr. Chaney." Wu Li Chang, a Spanish-language version of Mr. Wu, was produced in 1930 (see entry). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
22 May 1927.
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Los Angeles Times
15 May 1927
p. B15.
New York Times
16 May 1927
p. 24.
Variety
20 Apr 1927
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A William Nigh Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Adpt and cont
Titles
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Settings
Settings
COSTUMES
MUSIC
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Mr. Wu by Henry Maurice Vernon and Harold Owen (New York, 14 Oct 1914).
DETAILS
Release Date:
26 March 1927
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
9 May 1927
Copyright Number:
LP23953
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
80
Length(in feet):
7,400 , 7,603
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In the prolog, Grandfather Wu is seen as a boy, then as a young man whose marriage to a mandarin's daughter yields a child. As Mr. Wu's daughter emerges into womanhood, a marriage with a mandarin is arranged for Nang Ping. Despite the seclusion of her father's palace, she meets and falls in love with Basil Gregory, a young Englishman, and reveals her secret when he asks her to marry him. Wu learns of the situation, and despite his great love for her, he takes her life--according to custom--in atonement, then determines to wreak vengeance on Basil's family. Inviting Mrs. Gregory and her daughter to his home, Wu threatens to have Basil killed and the daughter betrayed; the mother offers her own life, but failing, she stabs Wu, thus freeing her ... +


In the prolog, Grandfather Wu is seen as a boy, then as a young man whose marriage to a mandarin's daughter yields a child. As Mr. Wu's daughter emerges into womanhood, a marriage with a mandarin is arranged for Nang Ping. Despite the seclusion of her father's palace, she meets and falls in love with Basil Gregory, a young Englishman, and reveals her secret when he asks her to marry him. Wu learns of the situation, and despite his great love for her, he takes her life--according to custom--in atonement, then determines to wreak vengeance on Basil's family. Inviting Mrs. Gregory and her daughter to his home, Wu threatens to have Basil killed and the daughter betrayed; the mother offers her own life, but failing, she stabs Wu, thus freeing her children. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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