Sins of the Fathers (1928)

73 mins | Drama | 29 December 1928

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HISTORY

According to a directory chart in the 11 Aug 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World, production began 7 Jul ... More Less

According to a directory chart in the 11 Aug 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World, production began 7 Jul 1928. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
11 Aug 1928
p. 77.
Film Daily
3 Feb 1929.
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New York Times
28 Jan 1929
p. 21.
Variety
30 Jan 1929
p. 26.
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 December 1928
Production Date:
began 7 July 1928
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
28 December 1928
Copyright Number:
LP25953
Physical Properties:
Silent with sound sequences
Singing seq, sd eff, and mus score by Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si; 7,724 ft.
Duration(in mins):
73
Length(in feet):
7,845
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Wilhelm Spengler, a German-American restaurateur, falls for Gretta, an unprincipled adventuress, and Wilhelm's wife, already sick from overwork, dies of a broken heart. With the advent of Prohibition, Gretta persuades Wilhelm to become a bootlegger; he amasses a fortune, sending his son, Tom, to the best schools. Upon graduation from college, Tom, who celebrates by getting drunk, goes blind drinking his father's bootleg hooch. Wilhelm is arrested in a raid, and Gretta runs off with his money and another man. His fortune gone, his son blind, and himself serving a prison term, Wilhelm's spirit is broken. He wins an early release for good behavior and becomes a waiter in a beer garden. One day he comes across his son, cured of blindness, and they are happily ... +


Wilhelm Spengler, a German-American restaurateur, falls for Gretta, an unprincipled adventuress, and Wilhelm's wife, already sick from overwork, dies of a broken heart. With the advent of Prohibition, Gretta persuades Wilhelm to become a bootlegger; he amasses a fortune, sending his son, Tom, to the best schools. Upon graduation from college, Tom, who celebrates by getting drunk, goes blind drinking his father's bootleg hooch. Wilhelm is arrested in a raid, and Gretta runs off with his money and another man. His fortune gone, his son blind, and himself serving a prison term, Wilhelm's spirit is broken. He wins an early release for good behavior and becomes a waiter in a beer garden. One day he comes across his son, cured of blindness, and they are happily reunited. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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