Where Lights Are Low (1921)

Melodrama | 4 September 1921

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HISTORY

This film was also reviewed under the title When Lights Are Low ... More Less

This film was also reviewed under the title When Lights Are Low . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
3 Jul 1921.
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New York Times
1 Aug 21
p. 6 or 8.
Variety
5 Aug 21
p. 26.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "East Is East" by Lloyd Osborne in Metropolitan Magazine (Apr 1920).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
When Lights Are Low
Release Date:
4 September 1921
Copyright Claimant:
Hayakawa Feature Play Co.
Copyright Date:
7 December 1920
Copyright Number:
LU15855
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

T'Su Wong Shih, a Chinese prince, loves Quan Yin, a gardener's daughter, though his uncle plans to marry him into a wealthy mandarin family; and before leaving for America to obtain an education, he promises the girl that he will join her soon. Following graduation from college, while visiting a slave auction in San Francisco's Chinatown, he recognizes his beloved one and bids $5,000 for her; he wins but is unable to raise the required sum. The auctioneer agrees to give him a three-year extension on the payment, and T'Su Wong Shih goes to work at various sorts of jobs but meets with little success until he wins a lottery prize. Threats from an Oriental gangster induce the auctioneer to yield his captive, but T'Su Wong Shih engages in a fight with the gangster, rescues Quan Yin, and claims her for his ... +


T'Su Wong Shih, a Chinese prince, loves Quan Yin, a gardener's daughter, though his uncle plans to marry him into a wealthy mandarin family; and before leaving for America to obtain an education, he promises the girl that he will join her soon. Following graduation from college, while visiting a slave auction in San Francisco's Chinatown, he recognizes his beloved one and bids $5,000 for her; he wins but is unable to raise the required sum. The auctioneer agrees to give him a three-year extension on the payment, and T'Su Wong Shih goes to work at various sorts of jobs but meets with little success until he wins a lottery prize. Threats from an Oriental gangster induce the auctioneer to yield his captive, but T'Su Wong Shih engages in a fight with the gangster, rescues Quan Yin, and claims her for his wife. +

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

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