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MR. WU (1927) ***

Lon Chaney plays two roles, Wu a Chinese nobleman, and his grandson, both with impressive make-up of course. When Chaney's daughter (Renee Adoree) takes a Caucasian lover (Ralph Forbes), Mr. Wu is bound by ancient Chinese law to kill his daughter and her lover's family. The part when Forbes' mother must choose whether her son or her daughter should die reminded me of The Phantom of the Opera. In the end, Adoree's ghost saves the day. While the film is sluggish in spots, (it's a melodrama, not a horror movie) Chaney is great as always and that alone makes it worth a look.
Tags: drama, m, silent
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