in about 100 words or less
US 65m, B&W, Silent
Director: Tod Browning; Cast: Lon Chaney, Lupe Vélez, Estelle Taylor, Lloyd Hughes
As a battle-scarred hunter of wild animals for circuses and zoos, Tiger Haynes (Chaney) is also a loving and single father who is forced to take drastic action to protect his daughter Toyo from her estranged mother’s advances on her fiance. As Browning’s last film featuring Chaney, Where East is East may not be their best collaboration, but it is memorable for Estelle Taylor’s seductively sinister character Madam De Sylva, who seemingly gets whatever she desires, though gets more than she bargained for when Rangho the Gorilla pays her a visit (Klaus Ming April 2017).