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While reviews call this film His Debt , the copyright records refer to it as The Debt . The film was shot in the Brunton studios by Hayakawa's own production ... More Less

While reviews call this film His Debt , the copyright records refer to it as The Debt . The film was shot in the Brunton studios by Hayakawa's own production company. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
31 May 19
p. 2021.
MPN
31 May 19
p. 3669.
Wid's
25 May 19
p. 19.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Debt
Release Date:
25 May 1919
Copyright Claimant:
The Haworth Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
8 April 1919
Copyright Number:
LU13575
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,800
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Goro Mariyama, who uses the profits from his high-class honestly-run gambling house to help the poor, is shot by Blair Whitcomb, who earlier had accused Goro of cheating and then lost $10,000 to him over a cut of cards. Goro's lung is pierced and it is only through the efforts of nurse Gloria Manning, Blair's fiancée, that Goro pulls through. Goro tells Gloria that he loves her and is shocked to hear of her engagement. Demanding revenge, Goro forces Blair to come to his house to make good on his bounced $10,000 check. When Blair does this, Goro sends for the police. Gloria comes and pleads for Blair telling Goro that she loves Blair even though she knows he attempted murder and that she can never love Goro because of their difference in race. Goro lets Blair escape saying he is paying his debt to Gloria, whom he loves, for saving his ... +


Goro Mariyama, who uses the profits from his high-class honestly-run gambling house to help the poor, is shot by Blair Whitcomb, who earlier had accused Goro of cheating and then lost $10,000 to him over a cut of cards. Goro's lung is pierced and it is only through the efforts of nurse Gloria Manning, Blair's fiancée, that Goro pulls through. Goro tells Gloria that he loves her and is shocked to hear of her engagement. Demanding revenge, Goro forces Blair to come to his house to make good on his bounced $10,000 check. When Blair does this, Goro sends for the police. Gloria comes and pleads for Blair telling Goro that she loves Blair even though she knows he attempted murder and that she can never love Goro because of their difference in race. Goro lets Blair escape saying he is paying his debt to Gloria, whom he loves, for saving his life. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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