Sins of the Children (1930)

80 mins | Drama | 28 June 1930

Director:

Sam Wood

Writer:

Samuel Ornitz

Cinematographer:

Henry Sharp

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Cosmopolitan Productions
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HISTORY

This film was originally released and reviewed under the title The Richest Man in the World ... More Less

This film was originally released and reviewed under the title The Richest Man in the World . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
27 Jul 1930.
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New York Times
26 Jun 1930
p. 16.
Variety
30 Jul 1930
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
Dir
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
COSTUMES
Ward
SOUND
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Father's Day" by J. C. Nugent and Elliott Nugent (publication undetermined).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Richest Man in the World
Release Date:
28 June 1930
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
23 June 1930
Copyright Number:
LP1374
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Duration(in mins):
80
Length(in feet):
7,775
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Adolf, a German-American barber, is about to invest his savings in a building and loan association in the growing town in which he lives; instead, he sends one of his beloved children, in poor health, to a sanatorium, and his friend Joe Higginson becomes powerful in the growing community, while he remains a barber. As the children grow up, Adolf sacrifices to provide his son, Ludwig, with a medical education and later mortgages the shop to set him up in a local office. Johnnie becomes a collector for an electrical company, and his father gives up the last of his savings to cover a shortage in collections; unable to continue his employment there, Johnnie disappears. Alma falls in love with Higginson's ne'er-do-well son, Nick, who compromises her, then refuses to marry her because of their social inequality. In consequence, Adolf denounces his former friend. On Christmas Eve, having seen the mortgage foreclosed on his shop, he is reunited with all his children, including Johnnie, who finally has met success as an ... +


Adolf, a German-American barber, is about to invest his savings in a building and loan association in the growing town in which he lives; instead, he sends one of his beloved children, in poor health, to a sanatorium, and his friend Joe Higginson becomes powerful in the growing community, while he remains a barber. As the children grow up, Adolf sacrifices to provide his son, Ludwig, with a medical education and later mortgages the shop to set him up in a local office. Johnnie becomes a collector for an electrical company, and his father gives up the last of his savings to cover a shortage in collections; unable to continue his employment there, Johnnie disappears. Alma falls in love with Higginson's ne'er-do-well son, Nick, who compromises her, then refuses to marry her because of their social inequality. In consequence, Adolf denounces his former friend. On Christmas Eve, having seen the mortgage foreclosed on his shop, he is reunited with all his children, including Johnnie, who finally has met success as an inventor. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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