East Is West (1930)

74 mins | Drama, Romance | 23 October 1930

Director:

Monta Bell

Writer:

Tom Reed

Cinematographer:

Jerome Ash

Editor:

Harry Marker

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

A Spanish-language version of East Is West , entitled Oriente y Occidente , was filmed simultaneous to the English-language version. A 1922 silent version of East Is West was directed by Sidney Franklin and starred Constance Talmadge and Edward Burns (See ... More Less

A Spanish-language version of East Is West , entitled Oriente y Occidente , was filmed simultaneous to the English-language version. A 1922 silent version of East Is West was directed by Sidney Franklin and starred Constance Talmadge and Edward Burns (See Entry). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
2 Nov 1930.
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New York Times
1 Nov 1930
p. 32.
Variety
5 Nov 1930
p. 30.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Scr
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Spec eff photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play East Is West by Samuel Shipman and John B. Hymer (New York, 25 Dec 1918).
DETAILS
Release Date:
23 October 1930
Production Date:
August-September 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
11 October 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1628
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
74
Length(in feet):
6,683
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

When Ming Toy, the eldest daughter of Hop Toy, is about to be sold in a public auction, she is rescued by American Billy Benson and taken to the United States, in care of Lo Sang Kee. Ming Toy soon adopts Western customs, but her past returns to haunt her when Charlie Yong, a powerful figure in San Francisco's Chinatown, becomes obsessed with her and wants to marry her. Benson once more comes to her aid and offers his own home as a refuge, then falls in love with her. Believing she is marked with a stigma for being Oriental, Ming Toy supposes that she will have to endure life-long suffering. However, she discovers that she is really the daughter of missionaries and was kidnapped after her father was murdered. Upon learning this, Yong loses intertest in her and her persecution ... +


When Ming Toy, the eldest daughter of Hop Toy, is about to be sold in a public auction, she is rescued by American Billy Benson and taken to the United States, in care of Lo Sang Kee. Ming Toy soon adopts Western customs, but her past returns to haunt her when Charlie Yong, a powerful figure in San Francisco's Chinatown, becomes obsessed with her and wants to marry her. Benson once more comes to her aid and offers his own home as a refuge, then falls in love with her. Believing she is marked with a stigma for being Oriental, Ming Toy supposes that she will have to endure life-long suffering. However, she discovers that she is really the daughter of missionaries and was kidnapped after her father was murdered. Upon learning this, Yong loses intertest in her and her persecution ends. +

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