Where East Is East (1929)





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Star Lon Chaney Sr. and director Tod Browning bade adieu to the silent-movie era with 1929's Where East is East. His face covered with hideous scars (convincingly applied with nonflexible collodion), Chaney is cast as weather-beaten animal trapper Tiger Haynes, at present living and working in Indochina. Haynes' loving relationship with his nubile half-caste daughter Toyo (Lupe Velez) is threatened by the return of Toyo's scheming mother, Madame Da Sylva (Estelle Taylor). Still harboring a grudge against Tiger, the Madame decides to get even by stealing Toyo's sweetheart Bobby (Lloyd Hughes) away from her. The villainess also intends to destroy Haynes by turning his animal "pets" against him. But the Madame is herself destroyed by Haynes' loyal gorilla, who in a gruesome (but largely unseen) finale tears the viperish woman apart. A typically morbid entry in the Chaney-Browning series, Where East is East may elicit more laughs than chills when seen today.
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Lon Chaney
as Tiger
Estelle Taylor
as Mme. de Sylva
Lupe Velez
as Toyo
Louis Stern
as Father Angelo
Duke Kahanamoku
as Wild Anirnal Trainer
Louis Stem
as Father Angelo
Willie Fung
as Servant
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Critic Reviews for Where East Is East

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Tiger (Lon Chaney) and Toyo (Lupe Velez) have an eyebrow-raising relationship: Lots of kissy face, tickling, lap-sitting and threats of spanking occur when this father and daughter are together.

Full Review… | June 27, 2012
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Audience Reviews for Where East Is East

Not much reason to see this one. Surprisingly, Lon Chaney and director Tod Browning barely distinguish themselves -- the film is more about Estelle Taylor's smoldering glare and a squat guy in a gorilla suit. A hint of horror creeps into the final act, but the crucial scene is so brief that I wonder if "lost" footage could be a factor.

Eric Broome
Eric Broome

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