A Tale of Two Worlds

A Tale of Two Worlds is a 1921 American silent drama film produced and distributed by Goldwyn Pictures and directed by Frank Lloyd. The film stars several well-known actors including Leatrice Joy, Wallace Beery, Edythe Chapman, and J. Frank Glendon. The film has been preserved at the Library of Congress.[1][2][3]

A Tale of Two Worlds
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Directed byFrank Lloyd
Produced bySamuel Goldwyn
Written byCharles Kenyon
J.E. Nash
Based ona story
by Gouverneur Morris
StarringLeatrice Joy
Wallace Beery
CinematographyNorbert Brodine
Distributed byGoldwyn Pictures
Release date
  • March 13, 1921 (1921-03-13)
Running time
6 reels; 5,649 feet
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
A Tale of Two Worlds


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Based upon a summary in a film publication,[4] Ah Wing (Warren) saves a white child during the Boxer Rebellion and raises her as Chinese in America as Sui Sen (Joy). Ling Jo (Beery), a tong leader and slave trader, desires Sui Sen and enters a marriage contract with Ah Wing where he will search and give the Scepter of the Mings to Ah Wing in return for the girl. Ah Wing agrees because he does not believe that the scepter can be recovered, but when it is produced, he, while heartbroken, must keep his word. The wedding day is set and Ling Jo wants Sui Sen even after being told that she is white. Robert Newcomb (Glendon), a curio collector who has fallen in love with Sui Sen, and with the help of a young Chinese man called "The Worm" (Abbe), who also loves her, rescues her from the tong chief.



  1. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c.1971
  2. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: A Tale of Two Worlds at silentera.com
  3. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress by The American Film Institute, c.1978
  4. ^ "A Tale of Two Worlds: Typical Chinese Atmosphere. Good Production and Well Acted". Film Daily. New York City: Wyd's Films and Film Folks, Inc. 15 (75): 21. March 20, 1921. Retrieved March 14, 2014.

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