Drifting (1923) - Rotten Tomatoes

Drifting (1923)





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Priscilla Dean made a name for herself at Universal by playing charming female crooks in a number of films. The character of Cassie Cook is not so charming, however, and this unsympathetic role lost her a few points. Cassie is a mercenary opium smuggler, plain and simple. She is in China with Jules Repin (Wallace Beery) to make a killing in the drug business. Captain Jarvis (Matt Moore) is also in China on account of opium, only he's a government agent who is trying to put a halt to the smuggling. Cassie and Repin try to get him out of the way, but when Cassie falls in love with him, she decides to go straight. She is caught between Jarvis and her confederates and when the crooks manage to obtain some secret information, Jarvis loses his faith in her. A battle between the government men and the smugglers results in the burning of a village. Cassie, who has finally proved her honesty, wins Jarvis' trust once again. This picture was based on the stage play by John Colton which starred Alice Brady on Broadway.


Matt Moore
as Capt. Arthur Jarvis
William Moran
as Mr. Hepburn
Frank Lanning
as Chang Wang
Rose Dione
as Madam Polly Voo
Bruce Guerin
as Little Bruce
Priscilla Dean
as Cassie Cook
Wallace Beery
as Jules Repin
Edna Tichenor
as Molly Norton
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Critic Reviews for Drifting

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (2)

Although the story has a somewhat abrupt termination, it is nevertheless interesting and in spots quite thrilling.

September 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Tod Browning directed, and though the film isn't as sensationalistic as his better-known horror films, it still offers flashes of his perverse imagination. There are compelling supporting performances from Wallace Beery and Anna May Wong.

September 12, 2019 | Full Review…

...Anna May Wong has a larger role in this one, as the lovestruck daughter of the local opium supplier.

October 23, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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