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Sins of the Fathers (1928)

A married restaurant owner is persuaded to become a bootlegger by a beautiful young girl. When he starts making money at it, she steals it, then runs off with another man. His wife finds ... See full summary »

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Ludwig Berger

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Norman Burnstine (story), Julian Johnson (titles) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Emil Jannings ... Wilhelm Spengler
Ruth Chatterton ... Greta Blanke
Barry Norton ... Tom Spengler
Jean Arthur ... Mary Spengler
Jack Luden ... Otto Schmidt
Zasu Pitts ... Mother Spengler
Matthew Betz ... Gus Newman
Harry Cording ... The Hijacker
Arthur Housman ... The Count
Frank Reicher ... The Eye Specialist
Douglas Haig Douglas Haig ... Tom, as a child
Anne Shirley ... Mary, as a child (as Dawn O'Day)
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A married restaurant owner is persuaded to become a bootlegger by a beautiful young girl. When he starts making money at it, she steals it, then runs off with another man. His wife finds out what happened. Complications ensue. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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A hundred Jannings in one picture! (Print Ad-Oxnard Daily Courier,((Oxnard, Calif.)) 25 January 1929) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sünden der Väter See more »

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Sound Mix:

Silent (MovieTone) (singing sequences, sound effects)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Another Lost One - Or So We Thought
22 April 2006 | by creightonhaleSee all my reviews

Silentera.com now reports that a print exists of this film. It does not, however, provide any information about where such a print can be found, as it does for other extent films of the silent era.

Of course, I haven't seen this film since it's lost. But I do find it interesting that of the six films that Emil Jannings made in the US for Paramount between 1927 and 1929, only one of them still exists: THE LAST COMMAND (1928), for which he won the first Best Actor Oscar. That award was shared with THE WAY OF ALL FLESH (1927), another lost film. STREET OF SIN (1928), THE PATRIOT (1928), and BETRAYAL (1929) are all lost or presumed lost. My question would be why didn't Paramount take better care of Jannings's films? Not only was he a prestige item for them but his films meant box office. They even distributed his early German talkie THE BLUE ANGEL (1930). But Paramount also lost films starring Clara Bow, Ruth Chatterton, and others, so it probably wasn't anything personal. Still, it's a shame. SINS is also Ruth Chatterton's film debut. Who wouldn't want to see her in her only silent film, starting a successful run as the most prestigious female star at Paramount for the next three years?


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