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Humoresque (1920)

Young Leon Kanter dreams of being a great violinist. His parents scrape up the money for a violin and for lessons, and Leon rewards them by becoming a great player. But as an adult, Leon ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Fannie Hurst (story), Frances Marion (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gaston Glass ... Leon Kantor (adult)
Vera Gordon ... Mama Kantor
Alma Rubens ... Gina Berg (formerly Minnie Ginsberg)
Dore Davidson Dore Davidson ... Abraham Kantor
Bobby Connelly ... Leon Kantor (child)
Helen Connelly ... Esther Kantor (child)
Ann Wallack Ann Wallack ... Esther Kantor (adult) (as Ann Wallick)
Sidney Carlyle Sidney Carlyle ... Mannie Kantor
Joseph Cooper Joseph Cooper ... Isadore Kantor (child)
Maurice Levigne Maurice Levigne ... Isadore Kantor (adult)
Alfred Goldberg Alfred Goldberg ... Rudolph Kantor (child)
Edward Stanton Edward Stanton ... Rudolph Kator (adult)
Louis Stern Louis Stern ... Sol Ginsberg (as Louis Stearns)
Maurice Peckre Maurice Peckre ... Boris Kantor
Ruth Sabin Ruth Sabin ... Mrs. Isadore Kantor
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Storyline

Young Leon Kanter dreams of being a great violinist. His parents scrape up the money for a violin and for lessons, and Leon rewards them by becoming a great player. But as an adult, Leon finds that people want more from him than just music. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The Smile on Life With a Tear Behind It. (Print Ad- Toronto World, ((Toronto, P.O.)) 17 September 1920)

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Drama

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Trivia

Fannie Hurst later adapted her story Humoresque into a play which premiered on Broadway on February 27, 1923, at the Vanderbilt Theatre and ran for 32 performances. Laurette Taylor played the leading role and the production was staged by J. Hartley Manners (then-husband of Laurette Taylor). See more »

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Version of Humoresque (1946) See more »

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God Always Hears a Mother's Prayers
6 October 2017 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

Based on a story by Fannie Hurst, 'Humoresque' paved the way to later, far better films by director Frank Borzage.

To audiences fated to be forever trapped in the squalid tenements so vividly evoked by cameraman Gilbert Warrenton in the film's first third, while nursing family members with life-changing injuries suffered in the Great War, the release from such temporary set-backs experienced by the Kantor family would have provided much-needed - if temporary - solace, and 'Humoresque' in 1920 was a big hit.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

30 May 1920 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Humoreszk See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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