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A Ship Comes In (1928)

An immigrant family experiences life in the United States.


William K. Howard


Julien Josephson (story), John W. Krafft (titles) (as John Krafft) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Rudolph Schildkraut ... Peter Pleznik
Louise Dresser ... Mrs. Pleznik
Milton Holmes ... Eric
Linda Landi Linda Landi ... Marthe
Fritz Feld ... Sokol
Lucien Littlefield ... Dan Casey
Robert Edeson ... Judge Gresham
Louis Natheaux ... Seymon


An immigrant family experiences life in the United States.

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A tremendous picture drama of humble lives, with an under-current of war- A father, wrongfully convicted of crime- A son killed in battle- A picture all film fans alike will admire and enjoy. (Print Ad- Rock Rapids Review, ((Rock Rapids Iowa)) 23 August 1928) See more »




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Features Louise Dresser's only Oscar nominated performance. See more »


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Patriot From Abroad
16 August 2011 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

"A Ship Comes In" is a flag-waver about the struggles of immigrants in the early part of the last century. Some immigrants took immediately to their new surroundings, and some did not. This is the story of one Jewish family that loved America as soon as they disembarked at Ellis Island. Rudolph Schildkraut plays Peter, the head of the family who longs to become a naturalized citizen but gets framed by a disgruntled immigrant, Sokol, played by Fritz Feld.

Most of us, having been born here, will never experience Peter's feelings of hope and pride but nowadays we are well aware of his counterpart in the picture, who despises his newly adopted country. "A Ship Comes In" is the second picture I have seen in which Schildkraut, with a deftly nuanced performance, takes over a picture and makes it his own. He is as skilled an actor here as in "His People", made a year earlier. He made only one talking picture, "Christina" (1930)before his death. It is thought to be lost.

"A Ship Comes In" is an intensely human drama shot through with patriotism and embodied in another remarkable acting job by Schildkraut. It was shown at Capitolfest 2011, Rome N.Y.

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4 January 1928 (USA) See more »

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