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The Younger Generation (1929)

Passed | | Drama | 4 March 1929 (USA)
Soap-opera about a social-climbing Jewish man and his old-world parents who are heartbroken by his rejection of them.

Director:

Frank Capra (as Frank R. Capra)

Writers:

Fannie Hurst (from the play by), Sonya Levien (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Hersholt ... Julius Goldfish - Pa
Lina Basquette ... Birdie Goldfish
Ricardo Cortez ... Morris Goldfish
Rex Lease ... Eddie Lesser
Rosa Rosanova Rosa Rosanova ... Tilda Goldfish - Ma
Syd Crossley Syd Crossley ... Goldfish's Butler (as Sid Crossley)
Martha Franklin Martha Franklin ... Mrs. Lesser
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Storyline

Young Morris Goldfish follows his immigrant father into business. His ruthless business practices cause him to become a big success, and he moves the family to Park Avenue. They go, but were happier back on the East Side. Morris is ashamed of this parents and his humble origins, but learns in the end that there is more to life than money. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Geração Moderna See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM Print)

Sound Mix:

Silent | Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (talking sequences) (music and sound effects)| Silent (alternate version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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A print of this film survives in the Library of Congress. See more »

Goofs

When Birdie tells Eddie( via intertitle) that his song has been sold for a thousand dollars, he excitedly mouths the words, "Five thousand?" See more »

Quotes

Birdie Goldfish: Go on, papa, take your bath. Never let anybody say that a Goldfish is afraid of water.
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Connections

Featured in Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) See more »

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Capra with kreplach
28 January 2014 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

A young Frank Capra slips easily into a milieu you wouldn't expect him to have much feel for--the Jewish Lower East Side--in this early talkie, adapted from a Fannie Hurst novel. Hurst wrote soap operas that validated the feelings of the common woman, but here she's more intent on portraying immigrant Jews, a subculture most of America probably knew and thought little about, with dignity and empathy. And the histrionics are effective. Capra always had a way with actors, and he helps Jean Hersholt, as the stuck-in-his-ways paterfamilias, and Lina Basquette, as a feisty but sympathetic daughter, to their best performances. Ricardo Cortez is more of a natural as the son than you think--he was born Jake Krantz. The early-talkie format, with some scenes with dialogue and others with titles and sound effects, is awkward--if we can hear footsteps and doors slamming, why can't we hear dialogue?--and the not-too-happy ending, with the son punished for his acquisitiveness, is a bit of a downer. But it's loaded with atmosphere, and shows Capra learning his trade quickly.


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