East Is West

Last updated

East is West
Poster - East is West.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Monta Bell
Produced by Carl Laemmle
Carl Laemmle, Jr.
Monta Bell
E. M. Asher
Written by Samuel Shipman (play)
John B. Hymer (play)
Tom Reed (screenplay, dialogue)
Winnifred Eaton
Starring Lupe Vélez
Lew Ayres
Edward G. Robinson
Music by Heinz Roemheld
Sam Perry
CinematographyJerome Ash
Edited by Harry Marker
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • October 23, 1930 (1930-10-23)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited States

East Is West is a 1930 American pre-Code crime drama film produced and distributed by Universal. It was directed by Monta Bell and stars Lupe Vélez, Lew Ayres and Edward G. Robinson. It is based on a 1918 Broadway play, East is West, which starred Fay Bainter. A silent film version from 1922, also titled East Is West , starred Constance Talmadge. [1] [2]


E. Alyn Warren reprises his role from the silent version.


Ming Toy is on the auction block in China. She is saved by Billy and taken to San Francisco by Lo Sang Kee. To save her from deportation she is sold to Charlie Yong, the Chop Suey King. Billy kidnaps her with plans of marriage.


Related Research Articles

Lupe Vélez Mexican actress

Lupe Vélez was a Mexican actress, dancer and singer during the "Golden Age" of Hollywood films.

<i>The Unfaithful</i> (1947 film) 1947 film noir directed by Vincent Sherman

The Unfaithful is a 1947 film noir directed by Vincent Sherman and starring Ann Sheridan, Lew Ayres and Zachary Scott. The film is based on the W. Somerset Maugham-penned 1927 play and William Wyler-directed 1940 film The Letter.

<i>The Capture</i> (film) 1950 film by John Sturges

The Capture is a 1950 drama film directed by John Sturges, starring Lew Ayres, Teresa Wright, Victor Jory and Jacqueline White. Some film historians have categorized it as a noir.

<i>The Kiss</i> (1929 film) 1929 film

The Kiss is a 1929 American silent drama film directed by Jacques Feyder and starring Greta Garbo, Conrad Nagel and Lew Ayres in his first feature film. Based on a short story by George M. Saville, The Kiss bears the same title as the 1896 short that "shocked" the American public by being the first motion picture to depict a couple kissing. This 1929 production is notable itself for being the last major silent film released by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and the final silent performances by both Garbo and Conrad Nagel included the entire cast. Actually, this film is not entirely silent. MGM did take partial advantage of the new sound technology and released The Kiss with an orchestral score and sound effects recorded by the Movietone system.

<i>Hot Pepper</i> (1933 film) 1933 film

Hot Pepper (1933) is an American pre-Code comedy film starring Lupe Vélez, Edmund Lowe, and Victor McLaglen, directed by John G. Blystone and released by Fox Film Corporation. The film appeared before the enforcement of the Production Code.

<i>Redhead from Manhattan</i> 1943 film by Lew Landers

Redhead from Manhattan is a 1943 comedy film directed by Lew Landers and written by Joseph Hoffman. The film stars Lupe Vélez in one of her last screen appearances, Michael Duane, Tim Ryan, Gerald Mohr, Lillian Yarbo and Arthur Loft. The film was released on May 6, 1943, by Columbia Pictures.

<i>Mexican Spitfire</i> (film)

Mexican Spitfire is a 1940 American comedy film starring Lupe Vélez. She plays a hot-headed, fast-talking Mexican singer taken to New York for a radio gig, who decides she wants the ad agency man for herself. The film was the sequel of the film The Girl from Mexico (1939) and was the first of a film series of seven more films with the same title and main characters.

<i>Stand and Deliver</i> (1928 film) 1928 film by Donald Crisp

Stand and Deliver is a 1928 silent film starring Rod La Rocque and Lupe Vélez and directed by Donald Crisp. Cecil B. DeMille produced the picture with release through Pathé Exchange.

<i>East Is West</i> (1922 film) 1922 film by Sidney Franklin

East Is West is an extant 1922 American silent drama film directed by Sidney Franklin and starring Constance Talmadge. The film is based on a 1918 Broadway stage play starring Fay Bainter as Ming Toy. It was remade as a talkie at Universal in 1930 with Lupe Vélez. A copy of the film is held at the EYE Film Institute Netherlands, formerly Filmmuseum Nederlands.

<i>A Mans Man</i>

A Man's Man is a lost 1918 American silent adventure film directed by Oscar Apfel and produced by Paralta Plays. It starred J. Warren Kerrigan and Lois Wilson, the pair famous for appearing in The Covered Wagon.

Santa Fe Pete is a 1925 silent film starring Pete Morrison. The film is a low-budget independent western made in the East.

<i>Full Speed</i> (1925 film) 1925 film

Full Speed is a 1925 silent film western directed by Richard Thorpe and starring Jay Wilsey whose alias was Buffalo Bill Jr.

<i>Frozen River</i> (1929 film) 1929 film

Frozen River is a lost 1929 part-talkie film directed by F. Harmon Weight and starring silent film canine star Rin Tin Tin and boy actor Davey Lee. Warner Bros. produced and distributed the film releasing it with sound recorded in the Vitaphone process.

Silk Hat Kid is a 1935 American crime film directed by H. Bruce Humberstone and written by Edward Eliscu, Lou Breslow and Dore Schary. The film, starring Lew Ayres, Mae Clarke, Paul Kelly, Ralf Harolde, William Harrigan and Billy Lee, was released on July 19, 1935, by Fox Film Corporation.

Lew Tyler's Wives is a lost 1926 silent film drama directed by Harley Knoles. It was produced and released by independent production company Preferred Pictures.

Sweet Rosie O'Grady is a 1926 American silent comedy-drama film directed by Frank R. Strayer from a screenplay by Harry O. Hoyt. The film was released by Columbia Pictures on October 5, 1926, and stars Shirley Mason, Cullen Landis, and E. Alyn Warren.

<i>The Black Bag</i> 1922 film directed by Stuart Paton

The Black Bag is a lost 1922 American silent mystery film directed by Stuart Paton and starring Herbert Rawlinson. It was produced and distributed by the Universal Film Manufacturing Company.

<i>Twins of Suffering Creek</i> 1920 film

Twins of Suffering Creek is a 1920 American silent Western action romance film directed by Scott R. Dunlap and starring William Russell, Louise Lovely, E. Alyn Warren, William Ryno, and Henry Hebert. It is based on 1912 novel of the same name by Ridgwell Cullum. The film was released by Fox Film Corporation in June 1920.

<i>Melody of the Plains</i>

Melody of the Plains is a 1937 American Western film directed by Sam Newfield and written by Bennett Cohen. The film stars Fred Scott, Louise Small, Al St. John, David Sharpe, Lafe McKee and Bud Jamison. The film was released on April 2, 1937, by Spectrum Pictures.

<i>The Opening Night</i> 1927 film

The Opening Night is a 1927 American silent drama film directed by Edward H. Griffith and starring Claire Windsor, John Bowers and E. Alyn Warren.


  1. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c. 1971
  2. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: East Is West details, afi.com; accessed September 16, 2015.