The Road to Mandalay (1926)

Melodrama | 28 June 1926

Director:

Tod Browning

Cinematographer:

Merritt Gerstad

Editor:

Errol Taggart

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, A. Arnold Gillespie

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

As mentioned in reviews, the film's title, which was taken from a line in Rudyard Kipling's "Mandalay," was otherwise unrelated to the famous poem first published in his 1892 collection Barrack Room Ballads. ... More Less

As mentioned in reviews, the film's title, which was taken from a line in Rudyard Kipling's "Mandalay," was otherwise unrelated to the famous poem first published in his 1892 collection Barrack Room Ballads. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
11 Jul 1926.
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New York Times
29 Jun 1926
p. 21.
Variety
30 Jun 1926
p. 12.
DETAILS
Release Date:
28 June 1926
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 27 June 1926
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
Copyright Date:
12 July 1926
Copyright Number:
LP22907
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,562
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Joe, a former sea captain whose wife died during the birth of their child at sea, is now a pockmarked, disreputable divekeeper in Singapore where he indulges in shady operations with Herrick, known as The Admiral. They ship for Mandalay, where Joe's daughter lives with a priest, Father James, and tends a curio shop, unaware that her father regularly sends money to Father James for her support. Although his daughter clearly finds him abhorrent, Joe determines to take her away until he learns that The Admiral has fallen in love with her and plans to marry her. He persuades Father James (actually his brother) not to perform the ceremony, and The Admiral is shanghaied by Joe's men. The girl, suspecting Joe, goes to his brothel in Singapore and is about to be assaulted by Charlie, a lecherous Chinaman, when Joe intervenes and is stabbed. The Admiral comes to her rescue and escapes with her on a ... +


Joe, a former sea captain whose wife died during the birth of their child at sea, is now a pockmarked, disreputable divekeeper in Singapore where he indulges in shady operations with Herrick, known as The Admiral. They ship for Mandalay, where Joe's daughter lives with a priest, Father James, and tends a curio shop, unaware that her father regularly sends money to Father James for her support. Although his daughter clearly finds him abhorrent, Joe determines to take her away until he learns that The Admiral has fallen in love with her and plans to marry her. He persuades Father James (actually his brother) not to perform the ceremony, and The Admiral is shanghaied by Joe's men. The girl, suspecting Joe, goes to his brothel in Singapore and is about to be assaulted by Charlie, a lecherous Chinaman, when Joe intervenes and is stabbed. The Admiral comes to her rescue and escapes with her on a boat. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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