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Flesh and Blood (1922)

Passed | | Drama | 27 August 1922 (USA)
A convict hiding in Chinatown assumes the identity of a cripple to track down a businessman who framed him 15 years previously. He discovers that his daughter has fallen in love with the businessman's son.

Director:

Irving Cummings

Writers:

Louis D. Lighton (story), Louis D. Lighton (scenario)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lon Chaney ... David Webster
Edith Roberts ... The Angel Lady
Noah Beery ... Li Fang
DeWitt Jennings ... Detective Doyle
Ralph Lewis ... Fletcher Burton
Jack Mulhall ... Ted Burton
Tôgô Yamamoto Tôgô Yamamoto ... The Prince
Kate Price ... Landlady
Wilfred Lucas ... The Policeman
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A convict hiding in Chinatown assumes the identity of a cripple to track down a businessman who framed him 15 years previously. He discovers that his daughter has fallen in love with the businessman's son.

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He escaped for vengeance - returned defeated but happy! See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

27 August 1922 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coeur de Père See more »

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Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Chinese characters in the story are treated with exceptional humanity, given the anti-foreigner sentiments prevalent in the US when the film was made. Released in 1922, Flesh and Blood came just five years after the 1917 Immigration Act that actually prohibited immigration by Asians. Yet, in the film, Chinese characters are shown to have senses of humor and are compassionate, helpful, ingenious and secretive not out of deceit but out of survival in a hostile environment. Community leader Li Fang is praised in an inter title as being respected even by the city's police. The police nonetheless torture him, but he never breaks or betrays his friend Webster. See more »

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No Justice
28 October 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Lon Chaney's character is fugitive who hooks up with a Chinese guy he once helped. He is in perpetual sadness. He has been convicted of a crime he did not commit and seeks revenge on the big time business man who betrayed him to the law. Also, after fifteen years, his wife is gone and there is a beautiful daughter who has no recollection of him (she thinks he is dead). Well, any good plot line is going to put them together again, except Chaney realizes knowledge of his presence will ruin her life. Also, she has fallen in love with the daughter of his mortal enemy. Things are complicated and he sees the daughter but does not reveal himself. If you remember Sidney Carton in "Tale of Two Cities," you get a little taste of what is to take place here. Chaney is the master of human pain, both in his acting and in his characters.


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