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The Sins of the Children (1930)

A German immigrant to a small American town is a barber with four children. He has saved enough money to invest in a savings-and-loan company with a friend. Unfortunately, one of his sons ... See full summary »

Director:

Sam Wood (uncredited)

Writers:

Elliott Nugent (story), J.C. Nugent (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Louis Mann ... Adolf Wagenkampf
Robert Montgomery ... Nick Higginson
Elliott Nugent ... Johnnie Wagenkampf
Leila Hyams ... Alma Wagenkampf
Clara Blandick ... Martha Wagenkampf
Mary Doran ... Laura
Francis X. Bushman Jr. ... Ludwig Wagenkampf aka Dr. Lawrence Warren
Robert McWade ... Joe Higginson
Dell Henderson ... Ted Baldwin
Henry Armetta ... Tony the Barber
Jane Reid Jane Reid ... Katherine Wagenkampf Taylor
James Donlan James Donlan ... Bide Taylor
Jeane Wood Jeane Wood ... Muriel Stokes
Lee Kohlmar Lee Kohlmar ... Dr. Heinrich Schmidt
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Storyline

A German immigrant to a small American town is a barber with four children. He has saved enough money to invest in a savings-and-loan company with a friend. Unfortunately, one of his sons has been stricken with tuberculosis, and the investment money goes to pay for the son's treatment in Arizona. Twenty years later, the wastrel son of the now-rich man who was to have been his partner, falls in love with the barber's daughter. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>, A. Nonymous

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It's the most powerful human story since Talkies began! (Print Ad- Rochester Journal, ((Rochester, NY)) 8 September 1930)

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Italian

Release Date:

28 June 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Father's Day See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The $200 Johnnie pilfers from the electric company equates to about $2,900 in 2016. See more »

Goofs

In the kitchen we see Alma decorating a cake with "Welcome Home Doctor". But later, when she goes to put the cake in the cupboard, the decoration is missing. See more »

Alternate Versions

MGM also issued this movie as a silent film. See more »

Soundtracks

Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht
("Silent Night, Holy Night") (1818) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
Sung a cappella in German by the entire Wagenkampf family at the end
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10 January 2006 | by YouKnowMyName68See all my reviews

Perused "howdymax's" comments about how the ending was pat. I watched the last 35 minutes of the film (I hope to watch it in its entirety)and the times and the era this film was made, sensibilities and behaviors were quite different and taking that into account, I would have to totally disagree with "howdymax" and the opinion that was made. Don't know how old "howdymax" is or what era he/she was brought up in, including, the times, e.g., 40s, 50s, 70s? And what ethnic/nationality he/she is from. This is quite an older film, "howdymax" was probably not born and so his/her view and an upbringing years after this film was made must be taken into account.


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