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Son of the Gods (1930)

A Chinese posing as an American goes to Monte Carlo where he falls in love with Alanna, who later goes berserk upon learning his true identity.

Director:

Frank Lloyd (uncredited)

Writers:

Rex Beach (story), Bradley King (screen version) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Barthelmess ... Sam Lee
Constance Bennett ... Allana
Anders Randolf ... Wagner
E. Alyn Warren ... Lee Ying
Claude King ... Bathurst
Frank Albertson ... Kicker
King Hou Chang ... Moy
Mildred Van Dorn Mildred Van Dorn ... Eileen
Barbara Leonard ... Mabel
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A Chinese posing as an American goes to Monte Carlo where he falls in love with Alanna, who later goes berserk upon learning his true identity.

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin | French

Release Date:

9 March 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De zoon der goden See more »

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First National Pictures See more »
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Mono (Vitaphone)

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor) (one sequence)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The novel of the same title upon which this film was based was serialized in Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan magazine from October, 1928 to March, 1929. See more »

Quotes

Sam Lee: Well, if she's suffering, will you please say good night for me and express my regrets.
Kicker: Gee, that's white of you Sam.
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Alternate Versions

First National Pictures, Inc. also released this film as a silent, for which Bradley King also wrote the titles. See more »

Soundtracks

Le Salon Musical (Fascination)
(1902) (uncredited)
Music by Fermo Dante Marchetti (1902)
Played as dance music at the casino
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East Is East & West Is West, Usually
26 February 2006 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

A wealthy young man, raised as a SON OF THE GODS, must confront his Chinese heritage while living in a White world.

Although the premise upon which this film is based is almost certainly a biological impossibility and the secret of the plot when revealed at the movie's conclusion makes all which has preceded it faintly ludicrous, the story still serves up some decent entertainment and good acting.

Richard Barthelmess has the title role as the sweet-natured Oriental whose life is terribly complicated because he looks Caucasian. Barthelmess keeps the tone of his performance serious throughout, gazing intently into the middle distance (a mannerism he developed during Silent Days) whenever his character is indecently misused. He makes no attempt to replicate his classic performance in D. W. Griffith's BROKEN BLOSSOMS (1919) and this is to his credit. Beautiful Constance Bennett is the millionaire's daughter who makes Barthelmess miserable. She is gorgeous as always, but her behavior does not endear her to the viewer and her terrible illness in the final reel is kept mercifully off screen.

Multi-talented Frank Albertson has a small role as Barthelmess' improvident buddy. Serene E. Alyn Warren and blustery Anders Randolf play the leading stars' very different fathers, while Claude King distinguishes his brief appearance as the English author who befriends Barthelmess.

Movie mavens will recognize little Dickie Moore, uncredited, playing Barthelmess as a tiny child.

The original Technicolor of the flashback sequence has faded with time to a ruddy tint. The shot purporting to be the South of France instead looks suspiciously like Avalon on Santa Catalina Island, off the coast of Southern California.


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