Bits of Life

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]

Bits of Life
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Directed byMarshall Neilan
James Flood
Produced byMarshall Neilan
Screenplay byLucita Squier
Based onShort stories by Thomas McMorrow, Walter Trumbull, Hugh Wiley, Marshall Nielan[1]
CinematographyRay June, David Kesson
Distributed byAssociated First National
Release date
  • September 26, 1921 (1921-09-26)[2]
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


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]



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