Mr. Wu

Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1926. Draft script for the 1927 Silent film.

Based on the 1913 yellow peril play by Henry Maurice Vernon and Harold Owen, and previously adapted for the screen in 1919, directed by Maurice Elvey, and starring Matheson Lang. Lon Chaney, in full yellowface, murders his daughter after discovering she loves the son of a British diplomat, then seeks revenge on son and his the entire family.

Anna May Wong, who has a small role in the film, was originally considered for the role of the daughter, but censorship of mixed race relationships on the screen caused the role going to a white actress, a sadly all-too-familiar story in her career. Wong would leave Hollywood for Europe the following year, after once again being denied the lead role in a film because of her race, this time in "The Crimson City."

Tan titled wrappers, rubber-stamped copy No. 543 and production No. 1589, dated Nov. 13, 1926, with credits for story writer Louise Jordan Miln and screenwriter Lorna Moon. Title page integral with the first page of the text, dated October 20, 1926, with credits for screenwriter Moon and story writer Miln. 102 leaves, with last page of text numbered 96. Ditto style mimeograph duplication. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Very Good bound with two gold brads.

[Book #140498]

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