Sessue Hayakawa: Articles


MGM Files for Bankruptcy + the History of Hollywood & 'The Bridge on the River Kwai'

Marion Davies in King Vidor's Show People Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, which decades ago was the most financially stable of the Hollywood studios, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday. MGM – initially Metro-Goldwyn – was formed through the amalgamation of Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures, and Louis B. Mayer Productions in 1924. Goldwyn, […]


'The Marines Are Coming': Gay Actor's Swan Song + Edgar Allan Poe Biopic

'The Marines Are Coming': Gay star's final movie The Marines Are Coming was a last-minute substitution for the 1936 version of M'Liss, starring Anne Shirley, which was originally scheduled but didn't arrive in time for Cinesation 2009. Gay actor William Haines' last film, The Marines Are Coming follows Haines' usual […]


Library of Congress' National Film Registry Movies: From Fannie Ward to 'Forrest Gump'

The Cheat with Sessue Hayakawa and Fannie Ward. Cecil B. DeMille's 1915 sex & miscegenation melodrama about a white woman (Fannie Ward) who becomes enslaved to a cruel, sensual, mysterious, and impeccably dressed “Oriental” (Sessue Hayakawa), The Cheat was added to the Library of Congress' National Film Registry in 1993. […]


National Film Registry: Lesbian Western & Asian-American Musical Among Entries

Johnny Guitar with Joan Crawford. One of the December 2008 additions to the U.S. Library of Congress' National Film Registry is Nicholas Ray's Johnny Guitar. The 1954 psychological Western stars Joan Crawford, by then a three-decade film veteran, as Arizona cattle town saloon keeper Vienna; Sterling Hayden as the strong […]


Sessue Hayakawa & Anna May Wong + 'Shocking' Split Personality Disorder Movie

Sessue Hayakawa on Turner Classic Movies Tuesday, June 3, highlights on Turner Classic Movies: TCM continues with the not-to-be-missed “Asian Images in Film” series, with several silents and a couple of early talkies featuring East Asian characters. The Cheat is an overwrought melodrama that is a must-see simply because it […]


Sessue Hayakawa: Pioneering East Asian Hollywood Star

Sessue Hayakawa: Pioneering East Asian actor in Old Hollywood Japanese-born actor Sessue Hayakawa, a Hollywood star in the 1910s, is discussed in Anthony Venutolo's The Star-Ledger article “Cinema can't keep up with Hayakawa's strides”: Progress is never a straight line. Gains are made and lost, breakthroughs braked by backlashes. Lasting […]