Bits of Life

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Bits of Life
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Directed by Marshall Neilan
Produced by Marshall Neilan
Written by Thomas McMorrow
Marshall Neilan
Starring Lon Chaney
Noah Beery, Sr.
Anna May Wong
Cinematography Tony Gaudio
Distributed by Associated First National
Release dates
  • September 26, 1921 (1921-09-26)
Running time 60 mins.
Country United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

Bits of Life is a 1921 American film produced, written and directed by Marshall Neilan. The film is notable as the first anthology film.[1] The cast included Lon Chaney and Noah Beery, Sr.. For her performance in this film, Anna May Wong received her first screen credit.[1] Bits of Life is now considered lost.[2]


The film is an anthology of four stories: "The Bad Samaritan", "The Man Who Heard Everything", "Chinese Story" or "Hop",[1] and "The Intrigue".[3]



  1. ^ a b c Gan, Geraldine. "Anna May Wong." Lives of Notable Asian Americans: Arts, Entertainment, Sports (The Asian American Experience). New York: Chelsea House Publishers, 1995. ISBN 0-7910-2188-2. P. 84
  2. ^ Bits of Life at
  3. ^ Pavlides, Dan. "Bits of Life". Allmovie. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 

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