|The Crimson City|
theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Archie Mayo|
|Written by|| Anthony Coldeway(orig. story & scenario)|
James A. Starr(intertitles)
|Starring|| Myrna Loy |
Anna May Wong
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|6 reels; at 5,388 feet|
|Language||Silent film (English intertitles)|
The Crimson City (1928) is an American silent drama film produced by Warner Bros. written by Anthony Coldeway and directed by Archie Mayo. Actors include Myrna Loy, Anna May Wong, Sōjin Kamiyama, John Miljan, Leila Hyams and Richard Tucker.The film was released with a Vitaphone soundtrack with a music score and sound effects. The film was released by Warner Brothers Pictures on April 7, 1928.
The story centers on an Asian woman named Onoto (Loy), who is rescued from slavery by a fugitive of European ancestry named Gregory Kent (Miljan). They fall in love, but prevailing mores about race doom the romance. Onoto leaves Kent so that he may marry another (Hyams).
The only known surviving copy is kept at the Museo del Cine Pablo Ducros Hicken in Buenos Aires, Argentina.A trailer for this film survives among the holdings of the Library of Congress.
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