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The 4 Jan 1930 Exhibitors Herald-World announced that the production starting date for Sarah and Son was 18 Nov 1929.
       Sarah and Son was also produced in Spanish, French, Italian, Swedish, Portuguese and Polish-language versions. For information on those films, please see entry for Toda una vida , directed by Adelqui Millar and starring Carmen Larrabeiti and Tony D'Algy. Ruth Chatterton received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Sarah and Son ... More Less

The 4 Jan 1930 Exhibitors Herald-World announced that the production starting date for Sarah and Son was 18 Nov 1929.
       Sarah and Son was also produced in Spanish, French, Italian, Swedish, Portuguese and Polish-language versions. For information on those films, please see entry for Toda una vida , directed by Adelqui Millar and starring Carmen Larrabeiti and Tony D'Algy. Ruth Chatterton received an Academy Award nomination for her performance in Sarah and Son . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald-World
4 Jan 1930
p. 59.
Exhibitors Herald-World
22 Mar 1930
p. 34.
Film Daily
16 Mar 1930
p. 8.
Life
11 Apr 1930
p. 22, 34.
New York Times
13 Mar 1930
p. 22.
New Yorker
22 Mar 1930
p. 53.
Time
31 Mar 1930
p. 34.
Variety
19 Mar 1930
p. 34.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Adpt
Dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Sarah and Son by Timothy Shea (New York, 1929).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 March 1930
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 15 March 1930
Production Date:
began 18 November 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
22 March 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1169
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si.
Duration(in mins):
86
Length(in feet):
7,740
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Sarah Storm, a lonely and impoverished singer, marries Jim Gray, with whom she teams up in vaudeville, but he is unable to support her or get a loan from wealthy John Ashmore. Angered by her reproval, he disappears with their baby. She is befriended by Cyril, another singer, with whom she builds a new act. Later, at a hospital where she entertains wounded marines, Sarah discovers Jim; and, dying, he breathes Ashmore's name. Through her lawyer, Howard Vanning, who has fallen in love with her, Sarah finds the Ashmores, and since they deny that Bobby, their 11-year-old boy, is her son, Howard persuades her to continue her vocal studies in Europe. She returns an operatic success but insists on seeing the boy; and the Ashmores substitute a deafmute. She understands the deception; Bobby runs away to join Vanning; but when the Ashmores come to claim him, Sarah realizes he is her child. She and the boy are then victims of a motorboat accident; but Howard rescues them, and they all find happiness ... +


Sarah Storm, a lonely and impoverished singer, marries Jim Gray, with whom she teams up in vaudeville, but he is unable to support her or get a loan from wealthy John Ashmore. Angered by her reproval, he disappears with their baby. She is befriended by Cyril, another singer, with whom she builds a new act. Later, at a hospital where she entertains wounded marines, Sarah discovers Jim; and, dying, he breathes Ashmore's name. Through her lawyer, Howard Vanning, who has fallen in love with her, Sarah finds the Ashmores, and since they deny that Bobby, their 11-year-old boy, is her son, Howard persuades her to continue her vocal studies in Europe. She returns an operatic success but insists on seeing the boy; and the Ashmores substitute a deafmute. She understands the deception; Bobby runs away to join Vanning; but when the Ashmores come to claim him, Sarah realizes he is her child. She and the boy are then victims of a motorboat accident; but Howard rescues them, and they all find happiness together. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Society


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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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