The Forbidden City

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The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City 1918.jpg
Advertisement in Moving Picture World, September 1918
Directed by Sidney Franklin
Produced by Joseph M. Schenck
Written by Mary Murillo
George Scarborough (story)
Starring Norma Talmadge
Thomas Meighan
Cinematography H. Lyman Broening
Edward Wynard
Selznick Pictures Corporation
Distributed by Select Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • October 6, 1918 (1918-10-06)
Running time
62 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is a 1918 American silent film starring Norma Talmadge and Thomas Meighan and directed by Sidney Franklin. A copy of the film is in the Library of Congress and other film archives.[1]


The plot centers around an inter-racial romance between a Chinese princess (Talmadge) and an American (Meighan). When palace officials discover she has become pregnant she is sentenced to death. In the latter part of the film Talmadge plays the now adult daughter of the affair, seeking her father in the Philippines.

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