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Sarah and Son (1930)

A ne'er-do-well husband, after years of abusing his wife, disappears with their son, and winds up selling him to a wealthy family. Years later, the wife--now a world-famous opera singer--... See full summary »

Director:

Dorothy Arzner

Writers:

Zoe Akins (adaptation), Zoe Akins (dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Ruth Chatterton ... Sarah Storm
Fredric March ... Howard Vanning
Fuller Mellish Jr. Fuller Mellish Jr. ... Jim Grey
Gilbert Emery ... John Ashmore
Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Ashmore, Vanning's sister
William Stack William Stack ... Cyril Belloc
Philippe De Lacy ... Bobby
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A ne'er-do-well husband, after years of abusing his wife, disappears with their son, and winds up selling him to a wealthy family. Years later, the wife--now a world-famous opera singer--finally has enough time and money to begin a search for him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Changing Sarah, the drudge into madame Sara the incomparable star! Determined to wreak vengeance for her mother-hood betrayed, even on the man she loves! (Print Ad- The Kyle News,((Kyle, Texas)) 21 March 1930) See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Volta do Deserdado See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Quotes

Sarah Storm: Jim! Jim! Where is my baby?
Jim Grey: I was drunk, Dutch. I didn't know what I was doing. Forgive me, Dutch.
Sarah Storm: Where is he? Where is he?
Jim Grey: I left him with some people. Fine people, Dutch. They wanted a baby and I...
Sarah Storm: Who were those people?
Jim Grey: Their name's...
Sarah Storm: Who were they?
Jim Grey: Their name's Ashemore. Oh, I'm sorry Dutch. I guess I like children now. I... the music's stopped!
[slumps back and dies]
Sarah Storm: Jim!
[...]
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Connections

Alternate-language version of Toute sa vie (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Wiegenlied: Guten Abend, gute Nacht
Composed by Johannes Brahms
Lyrics (second stanza) written by Georg Scherer
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Similar to 'A Feather in Her Cap' or 'Stella Dallas'
17 July 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

Ruth Chatterton, a poor, low-life mother who can barely make ends meet, is married to a no-good jerk, Fueller Mullish Jr. When Fueller steals their infant son and sells him to a rich family, Ruth is heartbroken. She contacts a high-class lawyer, Fredric March, to help get her boy back, but he's already settled in his new home.

It actually takes a long time for the plot to unfold, so if you decide to watch this, you'll be looking at your watch wondering when Fredric March is going to show up. Unless you love silent movies or very early talkies, you probably won't make it through this one. It hasn't been remastered, so the sound quality is poor and the film looks like it's on the verge of overexposure. The actors talk in a very stylized manner, over-pronouncing things and having very obvious facial expressions. Also, Ruth talks in a very strong accent and it's tough to understand her at times. I'd recommend sticking with A Feather in Her Cap and Stella Dallas if you like these types of stories.


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