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For the Love of Mike (1927)

Three men join forces to raise an adopted son.


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George Sidney ...
Abraham Katz
Herman Schultz
Hugh Cameron ...
Patrick O'Malley
Coxey Pendleton
Rudolph Cameron ...
Henry Sharp
Mabel Swor ...
Evelyn Joyce


Three men join forces to raise an adopted son.

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31 July 1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Filhos da Fortuna  »

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When this film was completed there was no money left to pay the director so he had to hitchhike back to Hollywood from New York City. See more »

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Tragic Loss For Colbert Fans
5 August 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

It is my ambition to add as many silent film synopsis of films that have a survival status of unknown or presumed lost. I try to do as much research as I can and it is not my intention to deceive anyone, for sometimes the film does exist. I am more than delighted if someone has knowledge of a film listed as lost but survives, as I wish all silent films did survive. I hope the reader enjoys this film synopsis.

A not yet one-year-old boy, abandoned on a landing in a tenement house in New York's "Hell's Kitchen," is adopted by three men who live on that floor: German delicatessen owner Herman Schultz ( Ford Sterling ); Jewish tailor Abie Katz ( George Sidney ); and Irish street cleaner Patrick O'Malley ( Hugh Cameron ). The men, although ignorant in the ways of infants, rear the child, whom they call "Mike." After the boy finishes high school, they plan to send him to college, but Mike ( Ben Lyon ) wants to work rather than be a burden to them any longer. However, when Mary ( Claudette Colbert ), their Italian-American neighbour who works as Herman's cashier, joins the men in trying to convince Mike otherwise, he agrees to go to Yale. On his twenty-first birthday, the three "fathers" have prepared a lavish banquet for Mike, now captain of the varsity crew and very popular, so that he could meet leading politicians, bankers and businessmen who might offer him a good job. Before going to the banquet, Mike gets drunk at a cocktail party to which he is lured by Evelyn Joyce ( Mabel Swor ), who is attracted to him. When he finally arrives at the banquet, the prominent people leave, insulted by his drunken behaviour. When Mike later angrily turns against his three fathers, Patrick knocks him out. Back at college, Mike begins to gamble and gets in debt to Henry Sharp ( Rudolph Cameron ), a crooked gambler. Sharp threatens to have Mike arrested for writing a bad check unless he throws the upcoming Yale-Harvard crew race, but when Mike sees that his three fathers and Mary have come and are betting on him, he rows the team to victory. When Sharp threatens the fathers with sending Mike to jail, they push him overboard. Mike, now acclaimed by his school, forgiven by his fathers and loved by Mary, happily paddles to the crew house.

This 1927 drama/romance was directed by Frank Capra, starring Ben Lyon and Claudette Colbert in her film debut. Survival status: Now considered a lost film - no print is known to exist.

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