East of Suez
Film poster
Directed byRaoul Walsh
Written bySada Cowan (scenario)
Based onEast of Suez by Somerset Maugham
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
StarringPola Negri
Edmund Lowe
Rockliffe Fellowes
CinematographyVictor Milner
Famous Players–Lasky Corporation
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • January 12, 1925 (1925-01-12) (U.S.)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

East of Suez is a 1925 American silent drama film directed by Raoul Walsh and starring Pola Negri. It is based on a play, East of Suez (1922), by W. Somerset Maugham. The film was produced by Famous Players–Lasky and distributed by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]


As described in a review in a film magazine,[3] after being raised in England, Daisy Forbes (Negri) returns to China, the country of her birth. She discovers that her father has recently died and that she has become a social outcast, owing to the public revelation that the oriental nurse who raised her was actually her mother. Daisy is in love with George Tevis (Lowe), a nephew of the British Consul (Beery), but she is disappointed by George when he is persuaded by his uncle to renounce her in favor of a diplomatic career. Lee Tai (Kamiyama), a sinister mandarin, uses drugs and hypnotism to kidnap Daisy; she is rescued by Englishman Harry Anderson (Fellowes), whom she soon marries out of desperation. When Anderson discovers that Daisy is an ostracized half caste and that he is now shunned, he bitterly regrets their marriage. Finally deciding to defy conventions and marry Daisy, George searches her out only to find that she is a married woman. Anderson forbids George to see Daisy again, saying that he will kill him, but George defies the ban and meets her at her house to say goodbye. Before he can shoot George, Anderson drinks wine that was poisoned at the orders of Lee Tai and dies. Tevis takes Daisy back to England, and Lee Tai is executed according to Chinese law.



With no prints of East of Suez located in any film archives,[4] it is a lost film.[5]


  1. ^ The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: East of Suez
  2. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: East of Suez at silentera.com
  3. ^ Sewell, Charles S. (January 17, 1925). "East of Suez; Pola Negri Appears as an English-Chinese Girl in Colorful Paramount Adoption of Stage Play". The Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Co. 72 (3): 269. Retrieved July 20, 2021.
  4. ^ The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: East of Suez
  5. ^ East of Suez at Lost Film Files: Paramount Pictures - 1925 Archived August 22, 2015, at the Wayback Machine