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This film, which originally was entitled A Tale of a Forbidden City , opened in New York on 6 Oct ... More Less

This film, which originally was entitled A Tale of a Forbidden City , opened in New York on 6 Oct 1918. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
5 Oct 18
p. 1453.
ETR
19 Oct 18
p. 1697.
MPN
19 Oct 18
p. 2607.
MPN
24 Jan 18
p. 895.
MPW
19 Oct 18
p. 445.
MPW
26 Oct 18
p. 549.
New York Times
7 Oct 18
p. 11.
NYDM
19 Oct 18
p. 590.
Variety
11 Oct 18
p. 45.
Wid's
13 Oct 18
pp. 23-24.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
A Tale of a Forbidden City
Release Date:
September 1918
Copyright Claimant:
Norma Talmadge Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
6 October 1918
Copyright Number:
LP13000
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5-6
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

San San, the daughter of a Chinese mandarin, secretly marries John Worden, assistant secretary to the U.S. Consulate, and lives happily until her father decides, in Worden's absence, to offer her to the Chinese emperor for inclusion in his harem. When he sees San San's baby daughter Toy, the enraged emperor orders the mother killed. Worden leaves the country. Eighteen years later, Toy, raised by the women of the harem, escapes to Manila where she serves as a Red Cross nurse. She becomes engaged to American Lieut. Phillip Halbert, but the young man's guardian forbids the union. Toy is called upon to nurse the stricken guardian, who, in his delirium, reveals that he is Toy's father. Worden, fondly recalling San San, finally relents and blesses the ... +


San San, the daughter of a Chinese mandarin, secretly marries John Worden, assistant secretary to the U.S. Consulate, and lives happily until her father decides, in Worden's absence, to offer her to the Chinese emperor for inclusion in his harem. When he sees San San's baby daughter Toy, the enraged emperor orders the mother killed. Worden leaves the country. Eighteen years later, Toy, raised by the women of the harem, escapes to Manila where she serves as a Red Cross nurse. She becomes engaged to American Lieut. Phillip Halbert, but the young man's guardian forbids the union. Toy is called upon to nurse the stricken guardian, who, in his delirium, reveals that he is Toy's father. Worden, fondly recalling San San, finally relents and blesses the marriage. +

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