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HISTORY

Some scenes in this film were shot in San Francisco. The estate of A. B. Spreckles, located in San Francisco, was used as a background in the film. According to a news item, Marshall Neilan directed the Chinatown scenes, while John McDermott directed the Irish ... More Less

Some scenes in this film were shot in San Francisco. The estate of A. B. Spreckles, located in San Francisco, was used as a background in the film. According to a news item, Marshall Neilan directed the Chinatown scenes, while John McDermott directed the Irish scenes. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
ETR
4 Dec 20
p. 18.
MPN
5 Jun 20
p. 4658.
MPN
13 Nov 20
p. 3699.
MPN
4 Dec 20
p. 4345.
MPN
11 Dec 20
pp. 4398-99.
MPW
11 Sep 20
p. 196.
MPW
4 Dec 20
p. 640.
MPW
18 Dec 20
p. 901.
MPW
25 Dec 20
p. 1072.
New York Morning Telegraph
28 Nov 1920.
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New York Times
22 Nov 20
p. 13.
NYR
27 Nov 1920.
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NYTr
22 Nov 1920.
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Variety
26 Nov 20
p. 34.
Wid's
28 Nov 20
p. 9.
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 November 1920
Copyright Claimant:
Marshall Neilan Productions
Copyright Date:
3 January 1921
Copyright Number:
LP16312
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,587
Length(in reels):
6-7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Upon arriving in San Francisco from Ireland, Doreen O'Sullivan discovers that her husband has been killed in an accident. To support herself and her infant son Dinty, Doreen labors as a scrub woman until, at the age of twelve, Dinty becomes the family's breadwinner by selling newspapers. Meanwhile, in Chinatown, wealthy opium smuggler Wong Tai kidnaps Judge Whitely's daughter in retribution for the judge's sentencing of Wong Tai's son to prison. Dinty, whose work as a newsboy has familiarized him with the Chinese underworld, leads the police to Wong Tai's hideout and saves the judge's daughter from a torturous death. To show his gratitude, Judge Whitely adopts Dinty, whose mother recently had succumbed to tuberculosis, and Dinty begins life ... +


Upon arriving in San Francisco from Ireland, Doreen O'Sullivan discovers that her husband has been killed in an accident. To support herself and her infant son Dinty, Doreen labors as a scrub woman until, at the age of twelve, Dinty becomes the family's breadwinner by selling newspapers. Meanwhile, in Chinatown, wealthy opium smuggler Wong Tai kidnaps Judge Whitely's daughter in retribution for the judge's sentencing of Wong Tai's son to prison. Dinty, whose work as a newsboy has familiarized him with the Chinese underworld, leads the police to Wong Tai's hideout and saves the judge's daughter from a torturous death. To show his gratitude, Judge Whitely adopts Dinty, whose mother recently had succumbed to tuberculosis, and Dinty begins life anew. +

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