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 initially titled Father’s Day, after the story by J. C. and Elliott Nugent upon which it was based. An item in the 2 Aug 1930 Harrison’s Reports listed Devotion as another provisional title. Although the 24 May 1930 Motion Picture News reported a final title change from Sins of the Children to The Richest Man in the World, and the 5 Jul 1930 issue reviewed the film under the latter name, it appears to have been officially released as Sins of the Children.
       The start of production was announced in the 5 Feb 1930 Film Daily. Shooting was set to take place at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s (MGM) studio facilities in Culver City, CA, as indicated by an 8 Feb 1930 Hollywood Filmograph item. According to a 12 Feb 1930 Var brief, director Sam Wood’s daughter, Jeane, was slated to make her feature film debut as “Muriel Stokes.”
       Filming was completed by early Apr 1930, according to the 12 Apr 1930 Hollywood Filmograph. A review in the 10 May 1930 issue called it a “sweet” comedy and a “talkie triumph” for Louis Mann, who had not yet appeared in a sound film.
       The 14 Jul 1930 Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today credited A.P. Younger as a collaborator, with J. C. and Elliott Nugent, on the original screen story. ...

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This film was initially titled Father’s Day, after the story by J. C. and Elliott Nugent upon which it was based. An item in the 2 Aug 1930 Harrison’s Reports listed Devotion as another provisional title. Although the 24 May 1930 Motion Picture News reported a final title change from Sins of the Children to The Richest Man in the World, and the 5 Jul 1930 issue reviewed the film under the latter name, it appears to have been officially released as Sins of the Children.
       The start of production was announced in the 5 Feb 1930 Film Daily. Shooting was set to take place at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer’s (MGM) studio facilities in Culver City, CA, as indicated by an 8 Feb 1930 Hollywood Filmograph item. According to a 12 Feb 1930 Var brief, director Sam Wood’s daughter, Jeane, was slated to make her feature film debut as “Muriel Stokes.”
       Filming was completed by early Apr 1930, according to the 12 Apr 1930 Hollywood Filmograph. A review in the 10 May 1930 issue called it a “sweet” comedy and a “talkie triumph” for Louis Mann, who had not yet appeared in a sound film.
       The 14 Jul 1930 Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today credited A.P. Younger as a collaborator, with J. C. and Elliott Nugent, on the original screen story.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Altoona Mirror [Altoona, PA]
6 Aug 1930
p. 15
Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today
14 Jul 1930
p. 4
Exhibitors Herald-World
2 Aug 1930
p. 27
Film Daily
5 Feb 1930
p. 8
Film Daily
20 Jun 1930
p. 4
Film Daily
27 Jul 1930
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Harrison's Reports
2 Aug 1930
p. 1
Hollywood Filmograph
8 Feb 1930
p. 13
Hollywood Filmograph
12 Apr 1930
p. 10
Hollywood Filmograph
10 May 1930
p. 37
Motion Picture News
10 May 1930
p. 80
Motion Picture News
24 May 1930
p. 109
Motion Picture News
5 Jul 1930
p. 41
Motion Picture News
2 Aug 1930
p. 110
New York Times
26 Jun 1930
p. 16
Times Union [Brooklyn, NY]
28 Jul 1930
p. 89
Variety
12 Feb 1930
p. 21
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).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHORS
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Devotion
Father's Day
The Richest Man in the World
Release Date:
28 June 1930
Production Date:
ca. Feb--Apr 1930
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
23 June 1930
LP1374
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Duration(in mins):
80
Length(in feet):
7,716 , 7,775
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
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 ...

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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.

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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