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The Man Beneath (1919)


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Cast overview:
Sessue Hayakawa ... Dr. Chindi Ashutor
Helen Jerome Eddy ... Kate Erskine
Pauline Curley ... Mary Erskine
John Gilbert ... James Bassett (as Jack Gilbert)
Fontaine La Rue ... Countess Petite Florence (as Fountain La Rue)
Wedgwood Nowell ... François (as Wedgewood Nowell)
Fanny Midgley Fanny Midgley ... Housekeeper


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Crime | Drama





Release Date:

6 July 1919 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De man die minderwaardig was See more »

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Sound Mix:



Black and White (tinted)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The Nederlands Filmmuseum has preserved reels 2, 3 and 5 from this film. See more »

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Early John Gilbert Film
31 March 2016 | by drednmSee all my reviews

This film stars Sessue Hayakawa as a "Hindu" doctor befriended by a family in Scotland. He's in love with Kate (Helen Jerome Eddy) but she won't accept him because of his race. Meanwhile, her sister (Pauline Curley) is engaged to James (John Gilbert) who is also friends with the doctor.

After the spurned doctor goes back to India, James seeks him out because he has somehow gotten involved with the "Black Hand" society while in Italy and has testified against them in court. Two assassins are on his trail. The doctor takes James under his wing and they go on an extended European tour with the assassins in tow. Onboard a ship, they fake James' death in the hope that the assassins will stop following them.

The doctor turns the tables on the assassins by bribing the man. The woman becomes enraged and accidentally kills her partner. The doctor them blackmails her to leave James alone and forget him. Back in Scotland, the lover are reunited but Kate still spurns the doctor, afraid of becoming a social outcast. The doctor's final comment is that the stars will follow their separate paths but with one love.

The title refers to the man that the doctor is at his core despite the fact that others see him as a Hindu. Even as Kate shrinks back from his touch, another telling scene has the sister rush at him when he tells them James is safe. With arms outstretched, she cannot bring herself to actually embrace the Hindu.

The three stars are quite good, with the 22-year-old Gilbert especially good as James. Fanny Midgley plays the servant and Fontaine La Rue and Wedgwood Nowell play the assassins.

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