Where East is East

Lon Chaney hunts the most dangerous game in director Tod Browning's seamy tale of lust and revenge, costarring Lupe Velez and Estelle Taylor.


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Where East is East
 
4.3

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3.0

Middling Chaney, Interesting Estelle

By JoeP

from Pacific Northwest

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  • Engaging Characters

Cons

  • Unoriginal

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Comments about Where East is East:

After you've seen a fair share of Lon Chaney films, and the cumulative experience starts to kick in, you wonder: what next? How will he amaze us this time? What's the next surprise?

WHERE EAST IS EAST is not an answer to that question, because there's nothing distinguishing about Chaney's role here. Thankfully, he's also not expected to play ethnic [that's for Velez and Taylor], and he even might survive to the end (I ain't saying for sure; you'll have to see for yourself).

Which is to say that, though well-done & nicely filmed, EAST is not a standout in the Chaney canon. Lupe Velez has an even tougher time [is being Mexican really the same as half-Asian? I didn't know!], while Estelle Taylor actually does manage some mystery & allure through the yellowface, but mostly comes across no better than Myrna Loy in the dreadful THIRTEEN WOMEN.

Bottom line: all the principals are rightfully better-known for other films, but WHERE EAST IS EAST is a decent hour's worth of film, adequate to begin a double-bill ... say, WEST OF ZANZIBAR

 
5.0

Finally!

By Jake The Merciless

from Jonesboro, AR

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  • Action-packed
  • Classic
  • Entertaining

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    Comments about Where East is East:

    Warner Archive comes through with more Lon Chaney, Sr, and its about time! This is one of the last Chaney-Browning productions, and is presented with what sounds to be the original music and effects track. And check out Lupe Velez!

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    5.0

    Chaney again makes this worth watching

    By Ed the Movie Reviewer

    from Grand Rapids, MI

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    • Entertaining
    • Funny

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      Comments about Where East is East:

      The DVD transfer of this film is terrific. This may not be Chaney's absolute best story, but as always it is still very entertaining largely due to his performance as Tiger Haynes, a man who searches various jungles for animals to supply to a businessman's circus. His daughter, Toya, falls in love with that businessman's son. However, the mother Toya never knew, meets her husband-to-be on a voyage on a ship and the seductive woman, not knowing it is her daughter's man, begins to seduce him. She is the kind of woman who, once she learns he is engaged to her daughter, she becomes even more determined to land him for herself. Chaney is wonderful as the protective father, determined to save Toya from being hurt. Chaney also did his own make-up and his character's scars are quite realistic looking. Any Chaney fan will have to add this one to their collection.

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