Broken Blossoms 1919 Film | Lilian Gish + D.W. Griffith



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Alternative titles (from Letterboxd): Scarlet Blossoms, La culpa ajena, The Yellow Man and the Girl, The Chink and the Child


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About the Broken Blossoms or the Yellow Man and the Girl 1919

Directed by D. W. Griffith

Produced by D. W. Griffith

Written by D. W. Griffith

Based on "The Chink and the Child" by Thomas Burke

Starring Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp

Music by Joseph Turrin (2001 DVD release)

Cinematography: G.W. Bitzer

Edited by James Smith

Distributed by United Artists

Release date: May 13, 1919

Running time: 90 minutes

Language: Silent (English intertitles)

Budget: $88,000

Box office: $600,000 (US)


Broken Blossoms Plot from IMDb: “A frail waif, abused by her brutal boxer father in London's seedy Limehouse District, is befriended by a sensitive Chinese immigrant with tragic consequences.”


Apparently the Broken Blossoms closet scene is the most thrilling.


Broken Blossoms Cast and Characters:

Lillian Gish Lucy - The Girl (as Miss Lillian Gish)

Richard Barthelmess Cheng Huan - The Yellow Man

Donald Crisp Battling Burrows

Arthur Howard Battling Burrows' Manager

Edward Peil Sr Evil Eye

George Beranger The Spying One

Norman Selby A Prizefighter

Ernest Butterworth Secondary Role

Fred Hamer Secondary Role

Wilbur Higby London Policeman

Man-Ching Kwan Buddhist Monk

Steve Murphy Fight Spectator

George Nichols Police Constable

Karla Schramm Burrows' Girlfriend

Bessie Wong Girl in China


Produced by D.W. Griffith (producer)

Cinematography by G.W. Bitzer (photography by)

Film Editing by James Smith

Art Department Joseph Stringer (set builder)

Visual Effects by Hendrik Sartov

Camera and Electrical Department: Karl Brown (camera operator)

Music Department: David Cullen orchestrator (1983 version), Carl Davis conductor (1983 version) / music adaptor (1983 version) / music arranger (1983 version), Joseph Turrin conductor (2001 version), Louis F. Gottschalk music arranger

Other crew: Man-Ching Kwan (technical advisor), James B. Leong (interpreter: Chinese)