Bits of Life

Bits of Life is a 1921 American film produced, written, and directed by Marshall Neilan. It is notable as an early anthology film.[3] The cast included Lon Chaney and Noah Beery, Sr. For her performance in this film, Anna May Wong received her first screen credit.[3] Bits of Life is considered lost.[1]

Bits of Life
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Directed byMarshall Neilan
James Flood
Screenplay byLucita Squier
Based onShort stories by Thomas McMorrow, Walter Trumbull, Hugh Wiley, Marshall Nielan[1]
Produced byMarshall Neilan
CinematographyRay June, David Kesson
Distributed byAssociated First National
Release date
  • September 26, 1921 (1921-09-26)[2]
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Lon Chaney as Chin Chow and Anna May Wong as Toy Sing, Chin Chow's wife
Lon Chaney as Chin Chow


The film is an anthology of four stories: "The Bad Samaritan", "The Man Who Heard Everything", "Chinese Story" or "Hop",[3] and "The Intrigue".[4]



  1. ^ a b c Bennett, Carl (ed.). "Progressive Silent Film List: Bits of Life". Silent Era. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Bits of Life". Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Gan, Geraldine. "Anna May Wong". Lives of Notable Asian Americans: Arts, Entertainment, Sports (The Asian American Experience). New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1995. ISBN 0-7910-2188-2. p. 84.
  4. ^ a b Pavlides, Dan. "Bits of Life". Allmovie. Retrieved May 25, 2008.

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