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Broken Blossoms

USA, English, 90 mins

Original Title

The Yellow Man and the Girl
  • Director: D.W. Griffith
  • Writer: Thomas Burke; D.W. Griffith
  • Producer: D.W. Griffith

CGiii Comment

Cheng Huan is a missionary whose goal is to bring the teachings of peace by Buddha to the civilized Anglo-Saxons. Upon landing in England, he is quickly disillusioned by the intolerance and apathy of the country. He becomes a storekeeper of a small shop. Out his window, he sees the young Lucy Burrows. She is regularly beaten by her prizefighter father, underfed and wears ragged clothes. Even in this deplorable condition, Cheng can see that she is a priceless beauty and he falls in love with her from afar. On the day that she passes out in front of his store, he takes her in and cares for her. With nothing but love in his heart, he dresses her in silks and provides food for her. Still weak, she stays in his shop that night and all that Cheng does is watch over her. The peace and happiness that he sees last only until Battling Burrows finds out that his daughter is with a foreigner.


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Cast & Characters

Lillian Gish as Lucy - The Girl;
Richard Barthelmess as The Yellow Man;
Donald Crisp as Battling Burrows;
Arthur Howard as His Manager;
Edward Peil Sr. as Evil Eye;
George Beranger as The Spying One;
Norman Selby as A Prizefighter;
Ernest Butterworth as Secondary Role;
Fred Hamer as Secondary Role;
Wilbur Higby as London Policeman;
Man-Ching Kwan as Buddhist Monk;
Steve Murphy as Fight Spectator;
George Nichols as Secondary Role;
Karla Schramm as Secondary Role;
Bessie Wong as Girl in China

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