The Forbidden City

The Forbidden City is a 1918 American silent drama 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 Forbidden City
Advertisement in Moving Picture World, September 1918
Directed bySidney Franklin
Produced byJoseph M. Schenck
Written byMary Murillo
Story byGeorge Scarborough
StarringNorma Talmadge
Thomas Meighan
CinematographyH. Lyman Broening
Edward Wynard
Distributed bySelect Pictures Corporation
Release date
  • October 6, 1918 (1918-10-06)
Running time
62 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


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.

Cast (in credits order)


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