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Language: English
Category: Movie / Short / Drama
Original Title: Chinatown Slavery
Released: 1909
Video type: Movie
Strange as it may seem to the average citizen of these enlightened times, slavery still exists, and a traffic in human beings is carried on to-day, in open defiance of the laws. True the perpetrators are heathens, and never have, nor will they ever acknowledge the laws of the government under which they gain their livelihood. How our laws are thus openly defied is clearly set forth in this picture story of an instance of slavery, recently unearthed in San Francisco by the efforts of a Presbyterian minister. Lee Chang, a Christianized Chinaman, a convert of the Bush Street Mission, had sent to China for his boyhood sweetheart, San Tao. Upon her arrival in America he places her with a Chinese family in Chinatown. After his days work he returns one evening to be greeted with the startling information that the dealers have kidnapped San Tao and spirited her away. Lee locates her hiding place, then sends to the Mission for help, and upon receiving the news the minister in charge calls ...

Released as a split reel along with Adventures of a Keg (1909).

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    The film is crowded with tense dramatic action and shows the most conscientious rehearsing and producing; indeed, the amount of work put into this film by those who made it is simply marvelous. There is, indeed, so much in it that it is difficult, if not impossible, to criticise it in detail. One is therefore perforce obliged to generalize and to rely upon the mental effect created by this strikingly beautiful piece of work. Possiblv from the standpoint of Chinese archaeology this picture of Chinese slavery may be open to similar objections. Be that as it may, we have no hesitation in handing out our highest praise to this film on the three principal grounds we always keep in view when writing of moving pictures. First of all, it is a grand piece of photography, it is a splendid dramatic production, magnificently staged, and then through all its many panorama-like effects it tells a good story in a clear, intelligible, and interesting manner; and these are the things that make for notable films of the week. Mr. Selig has achieved a very great success in this picture, and we believe that it will have an enthusiastic reception wherever it is shown. - The Moving Picture World, May 8, 1909