Vintage original 8 x 10 in. US single-weight glossy photograph from the 1920s silent film drama, SINS OF THE FATHERS, released in 1928 by Paramount Pictures and directed by Ludwig Berger.
The image depicts wealthy Wilhelm Spengler (Emil Jannings) with his son, Tom (Barry Norton), in the young man's opulent bedroom. It is in very good condition.
*"Sins of the Fathers is a 1928 American part-talkie drama film produced by Famous Players–Lasky and released by Paramount Pictures. It was also issued in a silent version for theaters which were not yet wired for sound. The film was directed by Ludwig Berger and stars Emil Jannings and Ruth Chatterton in her motion picture debut.
It has been reported that a print of Sins of the Fathers survives. Some promotional or Coming Attraction material is held by the Library of Congress and excerpts are preserved at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
*"Although the Sep 1928 issue of Motion Picture stated that Olga Baclanova was set to play the leading lady opposite German star Emil Jannings, Ruth Chatterton was ultimately cast in the role. Sins of the Fathers was said to be Jannings’s fifth American-made picture. Production began on 7 Jul 1928 at Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.’s studio in Hollywood, CA, according to a directory chart in the 11 Aug 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World and an item in the 28 Jul 1928 Motion Picture News. The silent version was filmed first, followed by “production of the audible sequences…on the soundproof stage by Roy J. Pomeroy, director of sound effects at the Paramount Studios in Hollywood,” as stated in the 1 Sep 1928 issue of Paramount Around the World. Prior to the film’s general release on 29 Dec 1928, it opened at the Ambassador Theatre in St. Louis, MO, according to that day’s St. Louis Star and Times.
Wilhelm Spengler, a German-American restaurateur, falls for Gretta, an unprincipled adventuress, and Wilhelm's wife, already sick from overwork, dies of a broken heart. With the advent of Prohibition, Gretta persuades Wilhelm to become a bootlegger; he amasses a fortune, sending his son, Tom, to the best schools. Upon graduation from college, Tom, who celebrates by getting drunk, goes blind drinking his father's bootleg whiskey. Wilhelm is arrested in a raid, and Gretta runs off with his money and another man. His fortune gone, his son blind, and himself serving a prison term, Wilhelm's spirit is broken. He wins an early release for good behavior and becomes a waiter in a beer garden. One day he comes across his son, cured of blindness, and they are happily reunited,:
*(source: AFI Catalog of Feature Films)
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