Wing Toy (1921)

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Pert -- and very Caucasian -- Shirley Mason does not make a terribly convincing Chinese girl in this drama, but in the end it doesn't really matter because it turns out her character wasn't Asian to begin with. As in many films of the era, all the Chinese roles are taken by white actors. Wing Toy (Mason) has been raised by Wong, an old Chinese laundryman (Edward McWade). When she is 16, he reveals that as an infant she was left in his care by a convict called the Mole (Scott McKee), who claimed her father was Chinese and her mother was white. Because he believes she will have a better home, Wong has promised Wing Toy's hand in marriage to Yen Low (Harry S. Northrup). Yen Low already has a white woman as a wife, White Lily (Betty Schade), but he plans to divorce her so he can wed Wing Toy. Reporter Ben Harris (Raymond McKee) gets wind of the story and his investigation leads to Wing Toy's release. White Lily kills Yen Low and the Mole, released from prison, reveals that Wing Toy is actually the daughter of the district attorney. With no problematic racial barriers to stop them (and racial barriers were very much an issue in 1921), Bob and Wing Toy become engaged.

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escape, jealousy, kidnapping, killing, lawyer, love, marriage, orphan, reporter, romance, white-slavery