Wu Li Chang (1930)

Drama | October 1930

Director:

Nick Grinde

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

This film was a Spanish-language remake of the 1927 M-G-M silent film Mr. Wu , which was directed by William Nigh and starred Lon Chaney, Louise Dresser and Renée Adorée (See ... More Less

This film was a Spanish-language remake of the 1927 M-G-M silent film Mr. Wu , which was directed by William Nigh and starred Lon Chaney, Louise Dresser and Renée Adorée (See Entry). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Cinl
Nov 1930
p. 30.
CM
Dec 1930
p. 1, 210
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dirigida por [Dir]
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Adaptación cinematográfica de [Scr]
Arreglo de [Adpt]
Versión española de [Spanish version by]
PHOTOGRAPHY
Fotografiada por [Photog]
ART DIRECTOR
Director artístico [Art dir]
FILM EDITOR
Editada por [Ed]
SOUND
Acústica por [Sd]
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Mr. Wu by Henry Maurice Vernon and Harold Owen (New York, 14 Oct 1914).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Mr. Wu
Release Date:
October 1930
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 31 October 1930
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
Spanish
SYNOPSIS

The great love of widower Wu Li Chang, a man of considerable culture, wealth and power in China, is his daughter Nang Ping, who, following tradition, has been promised in marriage to a mandarin. Ridiculing her father's vigilance, Nang Ping escapes from his palace and falls in love with Alfredo Gregory, an English gentleman, who wants to marry her. When Wu discovers this, he feels compelled to sacrifice the lives of the two lovers to appease the gods. With a broken heart, he kills his beloved daughter and, determined to fulfill the divine command, arranges a meeting with Gregory's mother, who offers her own life in place of her son's. Prepared to kill herself, she pours a powerful poison into a cup of tea which she will drink in Mr. Wu's presence. However, suspecting that she is trying to kill him, Wu switches his tea with hers and dies in horrible ... +


The great love of widower Wu Li Chang, a man of considerable culture, wealth and power in China, is his daughter Nang Ping, who, following tradition, has been promised in marriage to a mandarin. Ridiculing her father's vigilance, Nang Ping escapes from his palace and falls in love with Alfredo Gregory, an English gentleman, who wants to marry her. When Wu discovers this, he feels compelled to sacrifice the lives of the two lovers to appease the gods. With a broken heart, he kills his beloved daughter and, determined to fulfill the divine command, arranges a meeting with Gregory's mother, who offers her own life in place of her son's. Prepared to kill herself, she pours a powerful poison into a cup of tea which she will drink in Mr. Wu's presence. However, suspecting that she is trying to kill him, Wu switches his tea with hers and dies in horrible pain. +

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