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The Case of Lena Smith (1929)

In late 19th century Vienna, Lena Smith, a naive peasant girl from Hungary, has a child by a corrupt young cavalry officer, and goes to work his house as a servant, hiding the truth from ... See full summary »

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Jules Furthman, Julian Johnson (titles) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Esther Ralston ... Lena Smith
James Hall ... Franz Hofrat
Gustav von Seyffertitz ... Herr Hofrat
Emily Fitzroy ... Frau Hofrat
Fred Kohler ... Stefan
Betty Aho Betty Aho ... Stefan's Sister
Lawrence Grant ... Commissioner
Leone Lane Leone Lane ... Pepi
Kay Deslys ... Poldi
Alex Woloshin Alex Woloshin ... Janitor
Ann Brody ... Janitor's Wife
Wally Albright ... Franz (age 3) (as Wally Albright Jr.)
Werner Klingler Werner Klingler ... Franz (age 18)
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In late 19th century Vienna, Lena Smith, a naive peasant girl from Hungary, has a child by a corrupt young cavalry officer, and goes to work his house as a servant, hiding the truth from his unsympathetic father, while the son returns to his profligate ways. Robbed of her child first when he is a baby, and later when they are separated by the war, she suffers imprisonment, contempt, and shame in order to protect the child. Written by genet-1

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The story of Vienna before the way. Esther Ralston doing her very best in the role of a mother who sacrificed all for her child. (Print Ad- Fonda Times, ((Fonda, Iowa)) 31 January 1929) See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

19 January 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor de Mãe See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(New York opening) (premiere) |

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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