Pagan Passions (1924)

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This romance, which has the Orient as its background, strongly reflects the racial prejudices of its day. When Frank and Dreka Langley (Sam DeGrasse and Rosemary Theby) have an argument, Frank shoots himself. Left alone in the Malay Penninsula, Dreka goes to join her brother (Tully Marshall). On her way, she gives birth to a son, which she leaves in the care of a Chinese couple. While staying with her brother, Dreka becomes romantically involved with John Dangerfield (Wyndham Standing), who is married. The affair ruins them both, but Dangerfield manages to regenerate himself and he goes to a Chinese monastery. There he finds a little boy -- which happens to be Dreka's -- and adopts him. As a young man, Billy (Raymond McKee), goes to college in America, where he meets Dangerfield's daughter, Shirley (Barbara Bedford), and they fall in love. Billy is told he is Chinese, so he returns to China, where he finds Dreka, who informs him he is white. Billy and Shirley are happily reunited.