The Way of All Flesh (1927)

Drama | 1 October 1927

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HISTORY

Emil Jannings received the first Best Actor Academy Award, in part for his work on this film and for his performance in The Last Command (see entry).
       Voted one of the “Top Best Features” of 1927 by the 1929 Film Daily Year Book, as reported in the Feb 7, 1930 FD.
       Paramount remade The Way of All Flesh in 1940, directed by Louis King and starring Akim Tamirof and Gladys George (see entry). The 1940 film does not credit the Perley Poore Sheehan story as a source, but instead credits Jules Furthman and Lajos Biro with story. It is possible that Sheehan's story was written directly for the screen and never published as a short story. ... More Less

Emil Jannings received the first Best Actor Academy Award, in part for his work on this film and for his performance in The Last Command (see entry).
       Voted one of the “Top Best Features” of 1927 by the 1929 Film Daily Year Book, as reported in the Feb 7, 1930 FD.
       Paramount remade The Way of All Flesh in 1940, directed by Louis King and starring Akim Tamirof and Gladys George (see entry). The 1940 film does not credit the Perley Poore Sheehan story as a source, but instead credits Jules Furthman and Lajos Biro with story. It is possible that Sheehan's story was written directly for the screen and never published as a short story. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
3 Jul 1927.
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Film Daily
7 Feb 1930
p. 8.
Moving Picture World
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New York Times
27 Jun 1927
p. 25.
Variety
29 Jun 1927
p. 19.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
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LITERARY
Based on the short story "The Way of All Flesh" by Perley Poore Sheehan (publication undetermined).
DETAILS
Release Date:
1 October 1927
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 25 June 1927
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
1 October 1927
Copyright Number:
LP24471
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
8,486
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

The world of bank cashier August Schiller centers chiefly on his patient wife and six children, and he prides himself on being an ideal father, a faithful worker, and a loyal husband. For the first time since his honeymoon, August leaves Milwaukee to deliver some bonds in Chicago, and on the train he innocently becomes involved with Mayme, an adventuress. She seduces him and during a drunken revel steals his bonds; her lover, The Tough, and his gang beat him and attempt to take his watch, but August in his fury grapples with The Tough, who is killed by a passing train. August changes clothing with The Tough and is reported as having died a hero's death defending his employer's trust. Years later, a broken derelict, he learns that his oldest son has become a famous violinist, and he hoards to buy a gallery seat at a concert. He follows the boy home on Christmas Day, catching furtive glimpses of his happy family, who fail to recognize ... +


The world of bank cashier August Schiller centers chiefly on his patient wife and six children, and he prides himself on being an ideal father, a faithful worker, and a loyal husband. For the first time since his honeymoon, August leaves Milwaukee to deliver some bonds in Chicago, and on the train he innocently becomes involved with Mayme, an adventuress. She seduces him and during a drunken revel steals his bonds; her lover, The Tough, and his gang beat him and attempt to take his watch, but August in his fury grapples with The Tough, who is killed by a passing train. August changes clothing with The Tough and is reported as having died a hero's death defending his employer's trust. Years later, a broken derelict, he learns that his oldest son has become a famous violinist, and he hoards to buy a gallery seat at a concert. He follows the boy home on Christmas Day, catching furtive glimpses of his happy family, who fail to recognize him. +

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

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