Bits of Life

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Bits of Life
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Directed by Marshall Neilan
James Flood
Produced by Marshall Neilan
Screenplay by Lucita Squier
Based on Short stories by Thomas McMorrow, Walter Trumbull, Hugh Wiley, Marshall Nielan[1]
Cinematography Ray June, David Kesson
Distributed by Associated First National
Release date
  • September 26, 1921 (1921-09-26)[2]
Running time
60 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
Lon Chaney as Chin Chow and Anna May Wong as Toy Sing, Chin Chow's wife
Lon Chaney as Chin Chow

Bits of Life is a 1921 American film produced, written, and directed by Marshall Neilan. The film is notable as the first anthology film.[3] The cast included Lon Chaney and Noah Beery, Sr. For her performance in this film, Anna May Wong received her first screen credit.[3] Bits of Life is considered lost.[1]


The film is an anthology of four stories: "The Bad Samaritan", "The Man Who Heard Everything", "Chinese Story" or "Hop",[3] and "The Intrigue".[4]



  1. ^ a b c Bennett, Carl (ed.). "Progressive Silent Film List: Bits of Life". Silent Era. Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  2. ^ a b "Bits of Life". Catalog of Feature Films. American Film Institute. Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  3. ^ a b c d 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.
  4. ^ a b Pavlides, Dan. "Bits of Life". Allmovie. Retrieved 2008-05-25. 

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