A poor merchant grows a highly successful department store in Chicago with the purpose of providing for his four children's future. He is misguided in thinking that giving them everything they want would give them the same ambition that he has to only find out their spoiled lives leads the oldest to a scandalous shooting cover-up, the daughter has a highly public failed marriage, the third child pursues a music career while the youngest leaves to live on the streets.
John M Baughn
Did You Know?
William Gargan, who plays Uncle Thane here, played oldest son Gene Pardway in the 1933 version titled "Sweepings." See more
Right after the director credit, an additional credit states "In this picture you will see Virginia Vale and Robert Stanton, selected through the second Jesse L. Lasky's 'Gateway to Hollywood' talent search," with photos of both players, their names and character names. See more
Version of Sweepings
Minuet in G
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Played on piano by Bert as a boy
Reprised by the orchestra at the party for dance
Also played in the score See more