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Contemporary reviews spell the name of the actor who plays Wah Kung as Ed Piel, but most contemporary sources spell the actor's name as Ed Peil. Wid's gives Jenks the credit for the scenario as well as the story, but this is probably an ... More Less

Contemporary reviews spell the name of the actor who plays Wah Kung as Ed Piel, but most contemporary sources spell the actor's name as Ed Peil. Wid's gives Jenks the credit for the scenario as well as the story, but this is probably an error. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
23 Aug 19
p. 985.
ETR
6 Sep 19
p. 1188.
MPN
16 Aug 19
p. 1499.
MPN
18 Oct 17
p. 669.
Wid's
17 Aug 19
p. 21.
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 August 1919
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Bruce Winthrop, disguised as a clerk in the American consulate near the Mongolian border, is actually a secret United States government operative sent to quell a Chinese rebellion led by Tai Chen. His fiancée, Beryl Addison, the daughter of an antique collector, unaware of his mission, cannot understand why Bruce is so attentive to the seductive Tai, and calls off the engagement. Bruce accepts Tai's offer of a position in the interior of Mongolia and learns of revolutionary plans to put Tai on the throne. Tai confesses her love for Bruce and offers him a high position. Bruce succeeds in reading the secret list of revolutionaries, but when the list gets in the hands of Beryl's father, he and Beryl are captured and threatened with death. Bruce rescues them, and the revolutionaries return home. In the end, Tai kills herself, and Winthrop and Beryl are ... +


Bruce Winthrop, disguised as a clerk in the American consulate near the Mongolian border, is actually a secret United States government operative sent to quell a Chinese rebellion led by Tai Chen. His fiancée, Beryl Addison, the daughter of an antique collector, unaware of his mission, cannot understand why Bruce is so attentive to the seductive Tai, and calls off the engagement. Bruce accepts Tai's offer of a position in the interior of Mongolia and learns of revolutionary plans to put Tai on the throne. Tai confesses her love for Bruce and offers him a high position. Bruce succeeds in reading the secret list of revolutionaries, but when the list gets in the hands of Beryl's father, he and Beryl are captured and threatened with death. Bruce rescues them, and the revolutionaries return home. In the end, Tai kills herself, and Winthrop and Beryl are reunited. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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