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Based on the 1917 short story, “Ching, Ching, Chinaman,” by Wilbur Daniel Steele, the production began using the same title. On 3 Aug 1922, FD announced the forthcoming independent picture, directed by Tom Forman and starring actor Lon Chaney.
       A studio chart in the 26 Aug 1922 Camera noted that the film was in its third week of production.
       The 16 Sep 1922, Exhibitors Trade Review reported that filming was underway in Del Monte, CA, where exteriors were being shot to double for the picture’s New England setting. According to the Oct 1922 Photodramatist, Lon Chaney spent “two hours every morning applying his makeup for the role of the aged laundryman.” On 21 Sep 1922, FD announced the title change to Shadows.
       The film marked the first of several anticipated collaborations between Tom Forman Production and B. P. Schulberg’s Preferred Pictures, as noted in the 23 Sep 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review.
       The 30 Sep 1922, Exhibitors Trade Review reported that Shadows was nearly completed, with an expected release date of 15 Oct 1922.
       Following a premiere screening at the Hotel Biltmore in New York City on 27 Oct 1922, the 25 Nov 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review praised the picture as “a triumph” and stated that it was “first-class evidence of the growing importance of the independent division of the industry.” Additional film reviews in Exhibitors Herald deemed Shadows an “exceedingly artistic production” and an “excellently made picture.” Critics celebrated the performance of Lon Chaney, stating that his portrayal of the Chinese laundryman was the ... More Less

Based on the 1917 short story, “Ching, Ching, Chinaman,” by Wilbur Daniel Steele, the production began using the same title. On 3 Aug 1922, FD announced the forthcoming independent picture, directed by Tom Forman and starring actor Lon Chaney.
       A studio chart in the 26 Aug 1922 Camera noted that the film was in its third week of production.
       The 16 Sep 1922, Exhibitors Trade Review reported that filming was underway in Del Monte, CA, where exteriors were being shot to double for the picture’s New England setting. According to the Oct 1922 Photodramatist, Lon Chaney spent “two hours every morning applying his makeup for the role of the aged laundryman.” On 21 Sep 1922, FD announced the title change to Shadows.
       The film marked the first of several anticipated collaborations between Tom Forman Production and B. P. Schulberg’s Preferred Pictures, as noted in the 23 Sep 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review.
       The 30 Sep 1922, Exhibitors Trade Review reported that Shadows was nearly completed, with an expected release date of 15 Oct 1922.
       Following a premiere screening at the Hotel Biltmore in New York City on 27 Oct 1922, the 25 Nov 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review praised the picture as “a triumph” and stated that it was “first-class evidence of the growing importance of the independent division of the industry.” Additional film reviews in Exhibitors Herald deemed Shadows an “exceedingly artistic production” and an “excellently made picture.” Critics celebrated the performance of Lon Chaney, stating that his portrayal of the Chinese laundryman was the best in his long career as a character actor.
       Additional film adaptations were released in 1919 and 1961 (see entries). More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Camera
26 Aug 1922
p. 11.
Exhibitors Herald
25 Nov 1922.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
16 Sep 1922.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
23 Sep 1922.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
30 Sep 1922.
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Exhibitors Trade Review
25 Nov 1922.
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Film Daily
3 Aug 1922
p. 1.
Film Daily
21 Sep 1922
p. 2.
Film Daily
5 Oct 1922
p. 1.
Photodramatist
Oct 1922
p. 32.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Scen
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Ching, Ching, Chinaman" by Wilbur Daniel Steele in Pictorial Review (Jun 1917).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Ching, Ching, Chinaman
Release Date:
10 November 1922
Premiere Information:
Premiere: 27 October 1922 at the Hotel Biltmore in New York City
Production Date:
began August 1922
Copyright Claimant:
Preferred Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
7 October 1922
Copyright Number:
LP18347
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
7,040
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After Daniel Gibbs is lost at sea, his wife, Sympathy, marries Rev. John Malden. They are supremely happy until John receives a blackmail note falsely indicating that Gibbs is alive. John's dilemma is solved when the Maldens' dying friend, Yen Sin, agrees to become a Christian in exchange for the revelation that Nate Snow sent the ... +


After Daniel Gibbs is lost at sea, his wife, Sympathy, marries Rev. John Malden. They are supremely happy until John receives a blackmail note falsely indicating that Gibbs is alive. John's dilemma is solved when the Maldens' dying friend, Yen Sin, agrees to become a Christian in exchange for the revelation that Nate Snow sent the note. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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