The Swamp (1921)

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Sessue Hayakawa wrote the story for this simple little drama. Wang (Hayakawa) is a Chinese vegetable peddler in the slum area of a big city. He befriends a little boy, Buster (Frankie Lee), and meets the boy's mother, Mary (Bessie Love). Mary has been deserted by her no-good husband, and when Wang finds out that she and Buster are about to be evicted, he pawns his horse, Bimbo, to help them. Without his horse, Wang needs to find other employment, so he becomes a fortune teller. Buster helps out by hiding under the table and peeking into the customers' wallets to ensure that the fortunes are accurate. A new rent collector, Johnny Rand (Ralph McCullough), proves to be Mary's childhood sweetheart, who still carries a torch for her. She discovers that her estranged husband, Spencer Wellington (Harland Tucker), is about to marry Norma Biddle (Janice Wilson). Wang -- and Buster -- are hired as the entertainment for Norma's engagement party. They reveal Wellington's past, and his marriage, so Norma breaks off the engagement. Then Mary proceeds to get a divorce so that she and Rand can marry. Wang gets his horse out of hock, and goes to the Orient to fetch the girl who has been waiting for him all along.

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booking, child, China, eviction, expose [revelation], father, generosity, landlord, mind, mother, sweetheart, vegetable [food], wedding