Broken Blossoms

Broken Blossoms

John Brahm (1936)

84min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Five years after directing his last feature, DW Griffith - the father of narrative film - was invited by Twickenham Studios to remake his 1919 classic about doomed love in London's Limehouse. When he dropped out, Emlyn Williams hurriedly produced a script based on the Griffith original, and German exile John Brahm was hired to direct. The result is better than might be expected, with Brahm emulating the visual delicacy of the silent version. However, the dialogue is excruciating in places, Dolly Haas is no Lillian Gish, and Williams can't match Richard Barthelmess as the kindly Chinaman.

Summary

A Buddnist missionary helps the downtrodden daughter of a boxer to escape from her abusive father, who swears revenge. Drama, starring Dolly Haas and Emlyn Williams.

Cast & Crew

Lucy Burrows Dolly Haas
Chen Emlyn Williams
Battling Burrows Arthur Margetson
Director John Brahm

Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Twickenham Films AssGuidance: Some violence and discriminatory languageAvailable on: DVD
Drama