Drifting/White Tiger

Directed by Tod Browning

Year: 1923
Running Time: 161
Color Type: B&W
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Country: U.S.
Language: Engish Intertitles
Genres: Drama, Crime
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Drifting/White Tiger

Cast
Priscilla Dean
Matt Moore
Wallace Beery
Anna May Wong
Raymond Griffith

Crew
Directed by Tod Browning


After the runaway success of Outside the Law, director Tod Browning reteamed with star Priscilla Dean on Drifting, another hard-boiled crime picture flavored with Orientalism. Set in a remote Chinese village, and staged on an epic scale, Dean stars as Cassie Cook, an opium trafficker caught between an undercover government agent (Matt Moore) and a fellow smuggler (Wallace Beery). Dean may have been the star, but it is Anna May Wong (age eighteen and on the brink of stardom), who steals the show during the film’s fiery climax.
An early attempt by Browning to infuse the crime melodrama with elements of the uncanny (spurring the evolution of the American horror film), White Tiger involves a band of jewel thieves who employ a chess-playing automaton to gain entry into the homes of the wealthy. But their elaborate plans are haunted by omens, and they seem doomed to an inescapable fate. This disc also contains the only surviving footage of Browning and Dean’s 1919 The Exquisite Thief, one of the key films in establishing Dean’s persona as the glamorous jewel thief.

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