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Forgotten (1933)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 15 February 1933 (USA)
A kindly old man is neglected by his selfish and greedy sons.


Richard Thorpe


Harry Sauber (original story "The Fifth Commandment")


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Cast overview:
Lee Kohlmar Lee Kohlmar ... Papa Strauss
June Clyde ... Lena Strauss
William Collier Jr. ... Joseph Meyers
Leon Ames ... Louie Strauss (as Leon Waycoff)
Selmer Jackson ... Hans Strauss (as Selmar Jackson)
Natalie Moorhead ... Myrtle Strauss
Natalie Kingston ... May Strauss
Otto Lederer ... Uncle Adolph
Tom Ricketts ... Mr. Johnson
Allan Hersholt Allan Hersholt ... Hans Strauss, Jr. (as a young man) (as Jean Hersholt Jr.)
Betty Jane Graham ... Lena Strauss - as a child
Warren Glass Warren Glass ... Louie Strauss (as a child)


Papa Strauss, a widower, is being shifted around from one married-son's home to the other, and is unwelcome at all because his daughter-in-laws' object to his smelly pipe smoking. Finally the family tucks him 'out of sight and out of mind' into a nursing home, with very little 'honor thy father' thought given to it. However, unmarried daughter, Lena, who loves her father dearly, has a bright fiancée, who makes a lot of money off of a patent, and they make a home for him. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

15 February 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Fifth Commandment See more »

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1.37 : 1
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This film received its earliest documented telecasts in San Francisco Monday 19 May 1952 on KRON (Channel 4), and in Los Angeles Friday 17 April 1953 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »

Crazy Credits

Richard Thorpe's name in the opening credits is printed in cursive script to make it look like a signature. Usually only much more prestigious directors, like Erich von Stroheim, were billed this way. See more »

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Very similar to SWEEPINGS....though not quite so grim.
23 January 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In 1933, Lionel Barrymore made a great film called "Sweepings". In it, he played an elderly man who spent his entire life building an empire. Yet, sadly, as his children aged, they showed less and less concern about the family business and more about their own petty desires. Also in 1933, tiny Chesterfield Studios brought out a very similar and lower budgeted movie called "Forgotten"...and it's equally effective and well made.

When the film begins, Papa Strauss is so proud because he's just become an American citizen. He's a very decent and hardworking guy and it's easy to like him. The story then jumps ahead 17 years and Strauss is now much older and has built a large and successful company. At the urging of his three children, he decides reluctantly to retire and take it easy. What he doesn't realize is that both his weak sons married god-awful women and the plan really is to not only push him out of the company but their lives. He's too nice and doesn't fight back as they slowly move him into obsolescence. When his daughter discovers that not only have they gotten out of the company but moved him into an old folks' home, she brings him home and gives him a purpose...to begin an all-new business. What's next? See the film.

Like "Sweepings" this is an excellent film about the depersonalization of the elderly. Both are difficult to watch at times, though "Sweepings" is a little more hopeless and grim to watch. With "Forgotten" there is a more upbeat, funny and ironic ending...though it still makes a strong statement about respect and love for the elderly. Well worth seeing and I particularly liked Lee Kohlmar in the lead

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