|Directed by||Herbert Wilcox|
|Produced by|| Herbert Wilcox |
|Written by|| Oscar Asche (play; Chu Chin Chow )|
Herbert Wilcox (scenario)
|Music by||Frederic Norton ( Chu Chin Chow )|
|Distributed by||England 1923|
USA February 1925
*Metro Goldwyn Mayer
|Country||Weimar Republic |
|Language||Silent film (intertitles: German, Finnish, English)|
|Budget||£40,000 or £100,000|
Chu-Chin-Chow is a 1923 British-German silent adventure film directed by Herbert Wilcox and starring Betty Blythe, Herbert Langley and Randle Ayrton.
It is based on the extraordinarily successful stage musical Chu Chin Chow by Oscar Asche, with music by Frederic Norton, that ran in London from 1916 to 1921.
Wilcox had a box office success with Flames of Passion (1922) starring imported Hollywood actor Mae Marsh. This enabled him to raise the £20,000 to buy the film rights – a record amount at the time. The cost of making the film was another £20,000.
To save money, Wilcox decided to make the film in Germany. In exchange, Wilcox agreed to distribute Die Nibelungen in Britain.
The film starred American actress Betty Blythe fresh from her scantily clad triumph in 1921's The Queen of Sheba at Fox. Sources state this film had early experimental synchronised sound but this process could only be viewed at the special theaters outfitted for the sound equipment.
The film was shot in Berlin on the studio lot at Steglitz.
This film was released in the United States by MGM two years after its production with a drastically reduced footage count by almost half.
Wilcox later said the film "was only a moderate success".
A sound film Chu Chin Chow , with the score intact, was made by the Gainsborough Studios in 1934, with George Robey playing the part of Ali Baba, Fritz Kortner as Abu Hassan, Anna May Wong as Zahrat Al-Kulub and Laurence Hanray as Kasim.
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves is a folk tale added to the One Thousand and One Nights in the 18th century by its French translator Antoine Galland, who heard it from the Maronite storyteller Hanna Diyab. As one of the most familiar of the "Arabian Nights" tales it has been widely retold and performed in many media, especially for children, for whom the more violent aspects of the story are often suppressed.
Chu Chin Chow is a musical comedy written, produced and directed by Oscar Asche, with music by Frederic Norton, based on the story of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves. The piece premièred at His Majesty's Theatre in London on 3 August 1916 and ran for five years and a total of 2,238 performances, an astonishing record that stood for nearly forty years until Salad Days. The show's first American production in New York, with additional lyrics by Arthur Anderson, played for 208 performances in 1917–1918, starring Tyrone Power. It subsequently had successful seasons elsewhere in America and Australia, including in 1919, 1920, 1921 and 1922.
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The Feather is a 1929 British romantic drama film directed by Leslie S. Hiscott, based on the 1927 novel of the same name by Charlotte Mary Matheson, and starring Jameson Thomas, Véra Flory, Randle Ayrton and Mary Clare. It was made as a silent film with added sound effects and music. It was made by the independent producer Julius Hagen at Elstree Studios.
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Chu-Chin-Chow may refer to:
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Astra Films was a British film production and distribution company of the silent era. It was set up in Leeds following the First World War by the film director Herbert Wilcox, his younger brother Charles Wilcox and H.W. Thompson, a leading figure in film distribution in the North of England. After the company's initial success, Wilcox left the firm to set up on his own and rose to become one of the most successful independent producer-directors in the world. After a merger the company released films under the name Astra-National.
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