The Red Lantern (1919)

Drama | 4 May 1919

Full page view
HISTORY

The following additional cameramen worked on the night parade scenes: John Arnold, Robert B. Kurrle, William E. Fildew, Arthur Martinelli, Micky Maguire, Henry Bergquist (probably R. J. Bergquist), and Charles ... More Less

The following additional cameramen worked on the night parade scenes: John Arnold, Robert B. Kurrle, William E. Fildew, Arthur Martinelli, Micky Maguire, Henry Bergquist (probably R. J. Bergquist), and Charles Fuhr. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
10 May 19
p. 1769.
MPN
22 Mar 19
p. 1804.
MPN
10 May 19
pp. 3059-62, 3093
MPW
28 Jun 19
p. 2007.
MPW
10 May 19
pp. 920-21, 933
New York Times
5 May 19
p. 11.
Variety
9 May 19
p. 53.
Wid's
4 May 19
p. 23.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Red Lantern: Being the Story of the Goddess of the Red Lantern Light by Edith Wherry (New York, 1911).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
4 May 1919
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
9 May 1919
Copyright Number:
LP13680
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Mahlee, the Eurasian granddaughter of an avaricious Peking woman who sold her daughter to a rich Englishman for gold, is shunned by the Chinese and called "devil feet" because her feet were never bound. After her grandmother dies, Mahlee and Andrew Templeton, whose father runs the American mission, fall in love, as Mahlee embraces Protestantism. When Sir Philip Sackville and his daughter Blanche visit, Mahlee realizes that Blanche must be her half sister, and Philip her father. After Andrew falls in love with Blanche and shuns Mahlee because of her Chinese blood, Mahlee joins another Eurasian, Sam Wang, in his plans to bring the Boxer Rebellion to Peking. Dressed as a celestial goddess on a float during the Feast of the Red Lantern, Mahlee blesses the Boxers, thus encouraging the people to join the rebellion. When she learns that the mission will be attacked, she warns them, but Sir Philip will not take her with them as they leave. After Wang dies protecting Mahlee from the Boxers, who now distrust her, and they are defeated by the Allies, Mahlee drinks poison and ... +


Mahlee, the Eurasian granddaughter of an avaricious Peking woman who sold her daughter to a rich Englishman for gold, is shunned by the Chinese and called "devil feet" because her feet were never bound. After her grandmother dies, Mahlee and Andrew Templeton, whose father runs the American mission, fall in love, as Mahlee embraces Protestantism. When Sir Philip Sackville and his daughter Blanche visit, Mahlee realizes that Blanche must be her half sister, and Philip her father. After Andrew falls in love with Blanche and shuns Mahlee because of her Chinese blood, Mahlee joins another Eurasian, Sam Wang, in his plans to bring the Boxer Rebellion to Peking. Dressed as a celestial goddess on a float during the Feast of the Red Lantern, Mahlee blesses the Boxers, thus encouraging the people to join the rebellion. When she learns that the mission will be attacked, she warns them, but Sir Philip will not take her with them as they leave. After Wang dies protecting Mahlee from the Boxers, who now distrust her, and they are defeated by the Allies, Mahlee drinks poison and dies. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

TOP SEARCHES

CASABLANCA

During World War II, Casablanca, Morocco is a waiting point for throngs of desperate refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. Exit visas, which are necessary to leave the country, are at ... >>

CITIZEN KANE

Seventy-year-old newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies in his palatial Florida home, Xanadu, after uttering the single word “Rosebud.” While watching a newsreel summarizing the years during which Kane ... >>

REAR WINDOW

Laid up with a broken leg during the height of summer, renowned New York magazine photographer L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries enters his last week of home confinement, bored and ... >>

RAGING BULL

In 1941, at a boxing match in Cleveland, Ohio, pandemonium breaks out when Jake La Motta, an up-and-coming young boxer, loses a decision to Jimmy Reeves, suffering his first ... >>

CITY LIGHTS

At an outdoor dedication ceremony, a tramp is discovered sleeping in the arms of a statue as it is being unveiled before a crowd. He is chased into ... >>

The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.