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The copyright records for this film are listed under the title Shadows . This title was not used because of another film made around the same time with that title. Sessue Hayakawa also starred in the stage production of Shadows . Some scenes were shot in the Japanese tea garden at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. ...

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The copyright records for this film are listed under the title Shadows . This title was not used because of another film made around the same time with that title. Sessue Hayakawa also starred in the stage production of Shadows . Some scenes were shot in the Japanese tea garden at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
15 Mar 19
p. 1139.
MPN
8 Mar 19
p. 1533.
MPN
15 Mar 19
p. 1708.
MPW
15 Mar 19
p. 1529.
Variety
28 Feb 19
p. 56.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHY
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Shadows by Sessue Hayakawa (production undetermined).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Shadows
Release Date:
10 March 1919
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
The Haworth Pictures Corp.
5 December 1918
LU13103
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Toyama's wife Sada secretly earns money as a Geisha girl to finance his studies in America, but she says that the money comes from her deceased grandfather. In America, Toyama becomes an assistant to Dr. Stone, studying cures for inherited vices. When Toyama learns that Sada has been sentenced to death for murdering a prominent banker who attacked her, Toyama disappears and gives in to his hereditary tendency to drink until Dr. Stone cures him. Unknown to Toyama, Sada's sentence is commuted to life imprisonment when she gives birth to their daughter. Meanwhile, Toyama marries Stone's half-Japanese daughter Emily to fulfill Stone's dying request. In Japan, after Toyama lectures women prisoners and recognizes Sada, he discovers that the child he and Emily adopted is really his own daughter. When Sada escapes and finds Toyama, he decides to commit harakiri, but as the prison guards approach, Sada drowns herself to save ...

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Toyama's wife Sada secretly earns money as a Geisha girl to finance his studies in America, but she says that the money comes from her deceased grandfather. In America, Toyama becomes an assistant to Dr. Stone, studying cures for inherited vices. When Toyama learns that Sada has been sentenced to death for murdering a prominent banker who attacked her, Toyama disappears and gives in to his hereditary tendency to drink until Dr. Stone cures him. Unknown to Toyama, Sada's sentence is commuted to life imprisonment when she gives birth to their daughter. Meanwhile, Toyama marries Stone's half-Japanese daughter Emily to fulfill Stone's dying request. In Japan, after Toyama lectures women prisoners and recognizes Sada, he discovers that the child he and Emily adopted is really his own daughter. When Sada escapes and finds Toyama, he decides to commit harakiri, but as the prison guards approach, Sada drowns herself to save him.

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

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