Fan Fan (1918)

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In the latter half of the 1910s, Fox Studios released a series of elaborate films with children portraying all the roles. Some, such as Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp and Jack and the Beanstalk had a certain charm; others, such as this picture, didn't score quite as well. If you know the plot to The Mikado, you'll pretty much know how this story goes: Japanese prince Hanki Pan (Francis Carpenter) falls in love with Fan Fan (Virginia Lee Corbin) the moment he sees her. However, his father, the Emperor (Joe Singleton, the only adult in a major role), has decreed that he must marry the "honorable but ancient" Lady Shoo (Carmen DeRue). Meanwhile, Fan Fan's father has promised her to the Chief Executioner (Violet Radcliffe). So Hanki Pan and Fan Fan elope and find work as entertainers at a tea house, but they are discovered. The Executioner needs someone to execute, and he picks Hanki Pan. The Emperor, however, arrives just in time to save his son. The young couple are reunited, while the Executioner winds up with old Lady Shoo.