||Anna May Wong.
Frame enlargement: Silent Era image collection.
The Toll of the Sea
Color : Five reels / 4600 feet
Directed by Chester M. Franklin
Cast: Anna May Wong [Lotus Flower], Kenneth Harlan [Allen Carver], Beatrice Bentley [Barbara Carver], Baby Moran [Allen Carver, as a child], Etta Lee [gossip], Ming Young [gossip]
Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation production; distributed by Metro Pictures Corporation. / Scenario by Frances Marion, from a screen story by Frances Marion. Photographic direction (cinematography) by J.A. Ball. / © 5 December 1922 [LP18473]. Premiered 26 November 1922 at the Rialto Theatre in New York, New York. General release, 22 January 1923. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. Technicolor [process two] two-strip color process. / The first commercial film produced in the improved Technicolor process. The production was shot in Hollywood, California. The film was restored late in 1985 from the original camera negative (minus the ending). [?] Some sources list the film’s length as six reels.
Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F2 n. F2.5755.
Survival status: Print exists in the UCLA Film and Television Archive film archive.
Current rights holder: Public domain.
Keywords: Americans (Abroad) - Bigamy - Children - China - Chinese - Color cinematography - Death: Suicide - Infidelity - Japanese - Water: Beaches, Oceans, Waves
Listing updated: 16 October 2011.
References: Film credits, film viewing : AFI-F2 n. F2.5755; Basten-Technicolor pp. 31, 33, 169; Bohn-Light p. 194; McCaffrey-Guide p. 5; Sherwood-Best p. 192; Shipman-Cinema p. 78.
Home video: DVD.