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The 19 Jun 1920 Motion Picture News announced the recent completion of principal photography. The scenario was based on the short story, Li Ting Lang, Chinese Gentleman by Howard P. Rockey, which appeared in the Dec 1916 Green Book Magazine. An advertisement in the 13 Nov 1920 Camera included actress Minette Grosse among the cast.
       According to the 3 Jul 1920 Moving Picture World, Robertson-Cole Distributing Corp. issued a “campaign and exploitation book,” which advised local publicists to survey members of their Chinese communities for opinions and observations concerning interracial marriage.
       Li Ting Lang opened 8 Jul 1920 at the New York Theatre in New York City. The 13 Nov 1920 Camera advertised a recent opening at the Alhambra Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Reviews were generally positive, exemplified by the 24 Jul 1920 Moving Picture World, which discussed the film’s informative comparisons between Chinese and American culture.
       The copyright title was Traditions Altar. ... More Less

The 19 Jun 1920 Motion Picture News announced the recent completion of principal photography. The scenario was based on the short story, Li Ting Lang, Chinese Gentleman by Howard P. Rockey, which appeared in the Dec 1916 Green Book Magazine. An advertisement in the 13 Nov 1920 Camera included actress Minette Grosse among the cast.
       According to the 3 Jul 1920 Moving Picture World, Robertson-Cole Distributing Corp. issued a “campaign and exploitation book,” which advised local publicists to survey members of their Chinese communities for opinions and observations concerning interracial marriage.
       Li Ting Lang opened 8 Jul 1920 at the New York Theatre in New York City. The 13 Nov 1920 Camera advertised a recent opening at the Alhambra Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Reviews were generally positive, exemplified by the 24 Jul 1920 Moving Picture World, which discussed the film’s informative comparisons between Chinese and American culture.
       The copyright title was Traditions Altar. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
13 Nov 1920
p. 14, 18
Exhibitors Herald
21 Aug 1920
p. 89
Exhibitors Trade Review
24 Jul 1920
p. 843
Motion Picture News
19 Jun 1920
p. 4967
Motion Picture News
24 Jul 1920
p. 857
Motion Picture News
18 Sep 1920
p. 2314
Moving Picture World
3 Jul 1920
p. 64
Moving Picture World
24 Jul 1920
p. 505
New York Morning Telegraph
11 Jul 1920
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Variety
23 Jul 1920
p. 33
Wid's Daily
3 Jul 1920
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Wid's Daily
11 Jul 1920
p. 9
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LITERARY
Based on the short story "Li Ting Lang, Chinese Gentleman" by Howard P. Rockey in The Green Book Magazine (Dec 1916).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Traditions Altar
Release Date:
8 July 1920
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 8 Jul 1920; Los Angeles opening: Nov 1920
Production Date:
ended Jun 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Haworth Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
15 July 1920
Copyright Number:
LU15398
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,700
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

College student Li Ting Lang is a favorite among his friends, until his attentions toward socialite Marion Halstead bring forth protests from all sides. In defiance, Marion announces her engagement to Li, and is snubbed by her social circle. Realizing that Marion will be friendless, Li releases her from the engagement. Soon after, a Chinese emissary to the U.S. drugs Li and places him on a ship bound for his native land, while his college friends believe that he has committed suicide. Li arrives during a revolution and becomes a great military leader. Years later, while visiting China on her honeymoon, Marion recognizes Li and ventures to his house. She is followed by one of his enemies, who plans to kill her and frame Li for the murder. When the plotters arrive, Li defends Marion singlehandedly until a rescue party of his former college friends comes to his aid. After a warm reunion among old friends, Marion departs with her husband, and Li is left alone and sad once ... +


College student Li Ting Lang is a favorite among his friends, until his attentions toward socialite Marion Halstead bring forth protests from all sides. In defiance, Marion announces her engagement to Li, and is snubbed by her social circle. Realizing that Marion will be friendless, Li releases her from the engagement. Soon after, a Chinese emissary to the U.S. drugs Li and places him on a ship bound for his native land, while his college friends believe that he has committed suicide. Li arrives during a revolution and becomes a great military leader. Years later, while visiting China on her honeymoon, Marion recognizes Li and ventures to his house. She is followed by one of his enemies, who plans to kill her and frame Li for the murder. When the plotters arrive, Li defends Marion singlehandedly until a rescue party of his former college friends comes to his aid. After a warm reunion among old friends, Marion departs with her husband, and Li is left alone and sad once again. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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