The Call of the East (1917)

Drama | 15 October 1917

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HISTORY

The 25 Aug 1917 Motion Picture News announced that the film company was presently on location in Bear Lake Valley, CA, not far from Big Bear Lake. ... More Less

The 25 Aug 1917 Motion Picture News announced that the film company was presently on location in Bear Lake Valley, CA, not far from Big Bear Lake. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
25 Aug 1917
p. 1310.
Motog
3 Nov 1917
p. 941.
Moving Picture World
3 Nov 1917
p. 707, 756
NYDM
6 Oct 1917
p. 13.
NYDM
27 Oct 1917
p. 20.
Wid's
29 Nov 1917
p. 768.
DETAILS
Release Date:
15 October 1917
Production Date:
summer 1917
Copyright Claimant:
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co., Inc.
Copyright Date:
27 September 1917
Copyright Number:
LP11468
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Alan Hepburn, the son of an American businessman who made his fortune in Japan, resides in Tokyo with his Japanese mistress O'Mitsu. Alan's romance earns the enmity of O'Mitsu's brother, Takada, who vows revenge on the American for dishonoring his sister. When Alan's half-sister, Shelia finds herself irresistibly drawn to Japan, Takada plans poetic justice by seducing the girl. Pretending to be Alan's friend, Takada invites the American to his island home where he then holds him captive. Shelia, learning of her brother's fate, follows him to the island. Dismayed upon discovering that Shelia is the mysterious woman who stole his heart at the Festival of Lanterns, Takada nevertheless intends to exact his revenge until the girl seeks refuge at the image of Kwannon, a sacred spot to the Japanese. Begging her forgiveness, Takada releases Alan and Shelia, but Shelia finds herself strangely drawn to her captor. When Alan informs her that her mother was Japanese, Shelia realizes that she is answering the call of the East and decides to remain behind to become Takada's ... +


Alan Hepburn, the son of an American businessman who made his fortune in Japan, resides in Tokyo with his Japanese mistress O'Mitsu. Alan's romance earns the enmity of O'Mitsu's brother, Takada, who vows revenge on the American for dishonoring his sister. When Alan's half-sister, Shelia finds herself irresistibly drawn to Japan, Takada plans poetic justice by seducing the girl. Pretending to be Alan's friend, Takada invites the American to his island home where he then holds him captive. Shelia, learning of her brother's fate, follows him to the island. Dismayed upon discovering that Shelia is the mysterious woman who stole his heart at the Festival of Lanterns, Takada nevertheless intends to exact his revenge until the girl seeks refuge at the image of Kwannon, a sacred spot to the Japanese. Begging her forgiveness, Takada releases Alan and Shelia, but Shelia finds herself strangely drawn to her captor. When Alan informs her that her mother was Japanese, Shelia realizes that she is answering the call of the East and decides to remain behind to become Takada's wife. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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