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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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Taglines:

See what riches did to a son and poverty to a daughter. Learn what parents are forced to endure from their children! (Print Ad- Evening Star, ((Denedin, NZ)) 22 February 1930)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures 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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Trivia

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

Julius Goldfish - Pa: Mama says that money talks, but I tell her it ain't never said, "Hello, Mr. Goldfish!"
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Featured in Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) See more »

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story of up-and-coming family on cusp of talkies
15 December 2009 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

In this film, we see Morris Goldfish (Ricardo Cortez) bring success to his Jewish family, first as a young newspaper boy in New York City, and later a very successful, ambitious businessman. His mother (Rosa Rosanova) sees his skills, and encourages him, but the father and sister miss their old ramshackle home and old friends on the lower east side. This is one of the crossover films, where the soundtrack technology was invented while the film was being made. About halfway through the film, it switches from a silent film with title cards into a talking picture with sound track. Then it goes back to using title cards until the very end, with the final scene using sound again. Most of the cast had been making silent films for years, so they probably had to adjust to the sound portions. Good job by most of the cast. Papa Goldfish (Jean Hersholt) spends most of the film lamenting their new high-society lifestyle, and it gets annoying after a while. He won't even be happy when one of his kids gets engaged and married. We watch as Morris gets more and more successful, and he treats his own family very badly. Most of the story is told in dialogue, and after the big, grand opening, it looks like the rest was filmed in one room. This came out just before the big money crash of 1929, so we can assume that Morris will get what he deserves later, even if this story ends mostly on a sad note.


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