Sarah and Son (1930)

 |  Drama  |  14 March 1930 (USA)
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A ne'er-do-well husband, after years of abusing his wife, disappears with their son, and winds up selling him to a wealthy family. Years later, the wife--now a world-famous opera singer--... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Howard Vanning
Fuller Mellish Jr. ...
Jim Grey
Gilbert Emery ...
John Ashmore
Doris Lloyd ...
Mrs. Ashmore, Vanning's sister
William Stack ...
Cyril Belloc


A ne'er-do-well husband, after years of abusing his wife, disappears with their son, and winds up selling him to a wealthy family. Years later, the wife--now a world-famous opera singer--finally has enough time and money to begin a search for him. Written by

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14 March 1930 (USA)  »

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A Volta do Deserdado  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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This film was released in Buenos Aires, Argentina without spanish subtitles nor any title in spanish. It was released only for "distinguished English-speakers audience" from Buenos Aires. See more »


Sarah Storm: Jim! Jim! Where is my baby?
Jim Grey: I was drunk, Dutch. I didn't know what I was doing. Forgive me, Dutch.
Sarah Storm: Where is he? Where is he?
Jim Grey: I left him with some people. Fine people, Dutch. They wanted a baby and I...
Sarah Storm: Who were those people?
Jim Grey: Their name's...
Sarah Storm: Who were they?
Jim Grey: Their name's Ashemore. Oh, I'm sorry Dutch. I guess I like children now. I... the music's stopped!
[slumps back and dies]
Sarah Storm: Jim!
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Alternate-language version of Hjärtats röst (1930) See more »


Wiegenlied: Guten Abend, gute Nacht
Composed by Johannes Brahms
Lyrics (second stanza) written by Georg Scherer
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Ripped from his mother's care
22 January 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The first half of the title role in Sarah And Son is played by Ruth Chatterton who got an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. The second part of the title is done by young Philippe DeLacy who plays her son who was untimely ripped from Chatterton by his father Fuller Melish who in his third of three pictures plays a no good rat of a husband.

Melish who died untimely right after Sarah And Son was finished actually sells their young kid off to a wealthy American family for money and he then promptly takes off. It's unfortunate he died because he had a bright future playing all kinds of cad roles. Chatterton is shattered by this, but she picks herself up and becomes a great opera star from her humble days in French music hall. She also finds out where her son is and sets her sights on his return.

Enter Fredric March in one of his early roles. He's the brother of Doris Lloyd who now has custody of DeLacy who naturally thinks she's his real mother. But March is also an attorney with a sense of justice and he kind of fancies Chatterton anyway.

Chatterton despite attempting a Fifi D'Orsay type French accent registers well as the distraught mother. So does March although the film is clearly Chatterton's. The film is melodramatic and dated and allowances should be made there.

Still for fans of Chatterton and March I recommend it.

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