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HISTORY

According to the 15 Apr 1916 Motion Picture News, the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co. developed a starring vehicle for Japanese actor Sessue Hayakawa, following his breakthrough role in The Cheat (1915, see entry). The company was reportedly responding to demand from exhibitors for more Hayakawa films. Also featured in the production were Florence Smythe, Robert Grey, and Isabelle Malone, as stated in the 29 Apr 1916 Motion Picture News. The 1 Jul 1916 issue credited Cecil B. DeMille as producer.
       Alien Souls opened 11 May 1916, and made its New York City debut at the Broadway Theatre, as reported in the 27 May 1916 Moving Picture World. Although reviews were mixed, critics generally praised the cast and Lasky’s consistently high production values. ... More Less

According to the 15 Apr 1916 Motion Picture News, the Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co. developed a starring vehicle for Japanese actor Sessue Hayakawa, following his breakthrough role in The Cheat (1915, see entry). The company was reportedly responding to demand from exhibitors for more Hayakawa films. Also featured in the production were Florence Smythe, Robert Grey, and Isabelle Malone, as stated in the 29 Apr 1916 Motion Picture News. The 1 Jul 1916 issue credited Cecil B. DeMille as producer.
       Alien Souls opened 11 May 1916, and made its New York City debut at the Broadway Theatre, as reported in the 27 May 1916 Moving Picture World. Although reviews were mixed, critics generally praised the cast and Lasky’s consistently high production values.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Motion Picture News
15 Apr 1916
p. 2209
Motion Picture News
29 Apr 1916
p. 2515
Motion Picture News
20 May 16
p. 3091
Motion Picture News
1 Jul 1916
p. 4076
Motography
20 May 1916
p. 1168, 1180
Motography
27 May 1916
p. 1500
Moving Picture World
6 May 1916
p. 959
Moving Picture World
20 May 1916
p. 1353
New York Times
15 May 1916
p. 7
NYDM
13 May 1916
p. 29
Variety
5 May 1916
p. 23
Wid's Daily
11 May 1916
p. 572
DETAILS
Release Date:
11 May 1916
Copyright Claimant:
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co.
Copyright Date:
3 May 1916
Copyright Number:
LP8206
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Yuri Chan, a Japanese girl attending school in the United States, believes that she is very wealthy when in fact she has been supported by Sakata, a Japanese importer, since the death of her father. Although Yuri Chan is to marry Sakata upon her graduation, the young woman longs to enter American society, and to that end, she becomes involved with Aleck Lindsay, a society idler attracted only to her fortune. Despite Sakata's efforts to win Yuri Chan's heart, she decides to elope with Aleck, but Sakata catches them and tells the American the source of the girl's wealth. The fortune hunter immediately abandons Yuri Chan, and in disgrace, she tries to commit suicide, but the gun misfires and she faints. Awakening in Sakata's arms, Yuri Chan gratefully accedes to the wishes of her loving ... +


Yuri Chan, a Japanese girl attending school in the United States, believes that she is very wealthy when in fact she has been supported by Sakata, a Japanese importer, since the death of her father. Although Yuri Chan is to marry Sakata upon her graduation, the young woman longs to enter American society, and to that end, she becomes involved with Aleck Lindsay, a society idler attracted only to her fortune. Despite Sakata's efforts to win Yuri Chan's heart, she decides to elope with Aleck, but Sakata catches them and tells the American the source of the girl's wealth. The fortune hunter immediately abandons Yuri Chan, and in disgrace, she tries to commit suicide, but the gun misfires and she faints. Awakening in Sakata's arms, Yuri Chan gratefully accedes to the wishes of her loving benefactor. +

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