Hungry Hearts (1922)

84 mins | Drama | 10 September 1922

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HISTORY

The Summary for Hungry Hearts is based on contemporary sources, including the 9 Dec 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review and Mar 1923 Motion Picture Magazine, and a short preview of the restored film.
       The film was an adaptation of Anzia Yezierska’s short story, “The Lost Beautifulness,” but took its title from the book of stories, Hungry Hearts, in which it was published. Originally, Goldwyn Pictures planned to adapt to the screen “The Fat of the Land,” the earliest (1919) of Miss Yezierska’s short stories later gathered in the book Hungry Hearts, according to the 12 Feb 1921 Motion Picture News. Goldwyn brought the author to the Culver City studios to “assist in the production.” However, no film under that title was ever released.
       Ethel Kay was originally set to star in Hungry Heart, according to the 29 Oct 1921 Motion Picture News, but she became ill and had to be replaced by Helen Ferguson.
       The 5 Nov 1921 Motion Picture News noted that production had resumed on Hungry Hearts. A month later, the 3 Dec 1921 Motion Picture News announced that the film was finished. The 3 Jun 1922 Moving Picture World reported that Montague Glass, a popular author and playwright who specialized in comic Jewish dialect, would write the titles.
       Hungry Hearts opened at the Capitol Theatre on New York City’s Broadway for the week of 10 Sep 1922. According to the 29 Nov 1922 FD, the film was the centerpiece of a musical program and a short film, ...

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The Summary for Hungry Hearts is based on contemporary sources, including the 9 Dec 1922 Exhibitors Trade Review and Mar 1923 Motion Picture Magazine, and a short preview of the restored film.
       The film was an adaptation of Anzia Yezierska’s short story, “The Lost Beautifulness,” but took its title from the book of stories, Hungry Hearts, in which it was published. Originally, Goldwyn Pictures planned to adapt to the screen “The Fat of the Land,” the earliest (1919) of Miss Yezierska’s short stories later gathered in the book Hungry Hearts, according to the 12 Feb 1921 Motion Picture News. Goldwyn brought the author to the Culver City studios to “assist in the production.” However, no film under that title was ever released.
       Ethel Kay was originally set to star in Hungry Heart, according to the 29 Oct 1921 Motion Picture News, but she became ill and had to be replaced by Helen Ferguson.
       The 5 Nov 1921 Motion Picture News noted that production had resumed on Hungry Hearts. A month later, the 3 Dec 1921 Motion Picture News announced that the film was finished. The 3 Jun 1922 Moving Picture World reported that Montague Glass, a popular author and playwright who specialized in comic Jewish dialect, would write the titles.
       Hungry Hearts opened at the Capitol Theatre on New York City’s Broadway for the week of 10 Sep 1922. According to the 29 Nov 1922 FD, the film was the centerpiece of a musical program and a short film, The Fortune Hunter, from the Aesop’s Fables series. It ran within roughly the same program at Los Angeles’s Miller California Theatre, where it did “very good business” and received favorable reviews in local newspapers, according to the 6 Jan 1923 Exhibitors Trade Review.
       The National Center for Jewish Film (jewishfilm.org) restored Hungry Hearts and added new English subtitles.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
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DATE
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Exhibitors Trade Review
9 Dec 1922
p. 107
Film Daily
30 Aug 1922
p. 2
Film Daily
29 Nov 1922
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Motion Picture Magazine
Mar 1923
p. 57, 96
Motion Picture News
12 Feb 1921
p. 1350
Motion Picture News
29 Oct 1921
p. 2352
Motion Picture News
5 Nov 1921
p. 2452
Motion Picture News
3 Dec 1921
p. 2960
Moving Picture World
3 Jun 1922
p. 471, 476
New York Times
27 Nov 1922
p. 18
Variety
1 Dec 1922
p. 34
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LITERARY
Based on the short story "The Lost Beautifulness," from the book of short stories, Hungry Hearts, by Anzia Yezierska (Boston, 1920).
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DETAILS
Release Date:
10 September 1922
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 10 Sep 1922
Production Date:
Nov 1921
Copyright Info
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Copyright Number
Goldwyn Pictures Corp.
1 November 1922
LP18529
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
84
Length(in feet):
6,540
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Abraham and Hannah Levin and their children come to the U. S. from Russia in hope of a better life, but find it difficult making a living in New York City’s Lower East Side, even with everybody working. However, beautiful daughter Sara Levin, who works as a janitress, becomes sweethearts with David Kaplan, a struggling young lawyer who teaches her to read and write English. Kaplan’s uncle, Rosenblatt, who is also the Levins’s landlord, disapproves of the relationship and tries to break it off. When he raises the rent on the family’s three dark and tiny rooms to force them out, an enraged Hannah Levin, who has been painting the kitchen white so that she may enjoy its “beautifulness,” destroys her improvements to the tenement apartment, an act for which she must stand trial. Kaplan successfully defends Hannah, marries Sara, and moves the Levin family out of the ghetto and into a suburban ...

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Abraham and Hannah Levin and their children come to the U. S. from Russia in hope of a better life, but find it difficult making a living in New York City’s Lower East Side, even with everybody working. However, beautiful daughter Sara Levin, who works as a janitress, becomes sweethearts with David Kaplan, a struggling young lawyer who teaches her to read and write English. Kaplan’s uncle, Rosenblatt, who is also the Levins’s landlord, disapproves of the relationship and tries to break it off. When he raises the rent on the family’s three dark and tiny rooms to force them out, an enraged Hannah Levin, who has been painting the kitchen white so that she may enjoy its “beautifulness,” destroys her improvements to the tenement apartment, an act for which she must stand trial. Kaplan successfully defends Hannah, marries Sara, and moves the Levin family out of the ghetto and into a suburban home.

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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