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This film was copyrighted under the title Traditions Altar ... More Less

This film was copyrighted under the title Traditions Altar . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
ETR
24 Jul 20
p. 843.
MPN
24 Jul 20
p. 857.
MPW
24 Jul 20
p. 505.
New York Morning Telegraph
11 Jul 1920.
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Variety
23 Jul 20
p. 33.
Wid's
11 Jul 20
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:
July 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
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

College student Li Ting Lang is a favorite of his friends until his attentions toward socialite Marion Halstead bring forth protests on all sides. In defiance, Marion announces her engagement to Li Ting Lang. Gradually, she becomes socially isolated and Li, realizing that she will be friendless, releases her from her commitment. Soon after, an emissary to America arrives with instructions to compel Li to return to his native land and administers a drug to Li, who awakens aboard a ship bound for China, while back in America, his friends believe that he has committed suicide. Li arrives in the middle of a revolution and becomes a great military leader. Years later, while visiting the Orient on her honeymoon, Marion sees Li and recognizes him. Venturing to his house, she is followed by one of his enemies who plans to kill the girl and throw the guilt on Li, thereby ruining him. When the plotters arrive, Li defends Marion singlehandedly until a rescue party of his old college chums comes to his aid. After a warm reunion among old friends, Marion departs with her husband, and Li is sadly left alone once ... +


College student Li Ting Lang is a favorite of his friends until his attentions toward socialite Marion Halstead bring forth protests on all sides. In defiance, Marion announces her engagement to Li Ting Lang. Gradually, she becomes socially isolated and Li, realizing that she will be friendless, releases her from her commitment. Soon after, an emissary to America arrives with instructions to compel Li to return to his native land and administers a drug to Li, who awakens aboard a ship bound for China, while back in America, his friends believe that he has committed suicide. Li arrives in the middle of a revolution and becomes a great military leader. Years later, while visiting the Orient on her honeymoon, Marion sees Li and recognizes him. Venturing to his house, she is followed by one of his enemies who plans to kill the girl and throw the guilt on Li, thereby ruining him. When the plotters arrive, Li defends Marion singlehandedly until a rescue party of his old college chums comes to his aid. After a warm reunion among old friends, Marion departs with her husband, and Li is sadly left alone once again. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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