~A Tale of Two Worlds~
~Promotional photograph from The California Theater to promote the
screening of the film "A Tale of Two Worlds," for the week of March
27th 1921. Photograph features J. Frank Glendon & Leatrice Joy~
This is one of a number of silent pictures in which a young American is raised as a Chinese girl, and even
though she has no Asian features to speak of, she never guesses she's white until the film's end. While
they are visiting China on business a curio collector, Carmichael (Dwight Crittenden) and his wife (Irene
Rich), are killed during a Boxer uprising. A servant, Ah Wing (E. A. Warren), saves their baby, which he
takes to America and raises as his own. Sui Sen (Leatrice Joy) grows up in Chinatown really believing
that Ah Wing is her father. A wealthy American, Newcombe (J. Frank Glendon), sees Sui Sen and falls in
love with her on the spot. But Ling Jo (Wallace Beery) -- the same man responsible for the Carmichaels'
deaths -- is living in the very same Chinatown and is determined to make the girl his wife. Ah Wing tells
Ling Jo that if he can get him the scepter of the Mings -- a supposedly impossible task -- then he can have
Sui Sen. But Ling Jo comes through and Ah Wing has to honor the promise. Newcombe finds out about it,
however, and goes to save Sui Sen. But he is captured and taken to the steel room to be crushed to
death. With the help of a Chinese boy, Newcombe is able to escape, and Ling Jo winds up being crushed
in the steel room instead. Finally Sui Sen learns that she is American as apple pie and weds Newcombe.
This picture was the first time author Gouverneur Morris wrote a story directly for the screen, and it
was part of producer Samuel Goldwyn's "Eminent Authors" series.

Plot Synopsis by allmovie.com
~Leatrice Joy & E. Alyn Warren~
~Plot Synopsis~
~Remaining Credits~

Produced & Released by: Goldwyn Pictures Corporation

Executive Producer: Samuel Goldwyn
Cinematography by: Norbert Brodine
Art Direction by: Cedric Gibbons    
Assistant Director: Harry Weil

Length: 6 Reels
Runtime: 70 Minutes
Released: March 13, 1921