Sins of the Children
Starring: Robert Montgomery & Leila Hyams Director: Sam Wood

Sins of the Children
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  • Introduction and Film History
  • Documentary
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: May 2, 2006
  • Originally Released: 1930
  • Label: Roan Archival Group
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • (unspecified) - English

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Themes of tragic love and disappointment intertwine in Elliot Nugent's Sins of the Children, based on his short story "Father's Day". Starring screen legends Robert Montgomery (They Were Expendable), Leila Hyams, and Louis Mann, Sins of the Children tells the story of German immigrant barber Adolf Wagenkampf, who puts in long hours at the Barber Shop to create a better life for his children. But the children grow up, as children always do, and their selfish, carefree adult lives soon pose grave consequences to Adolf and his business. With a stunning conclusion that truly proves love conquers all, this movie is a beautiful portrait of an American Family held together through times of dire tribulation through their love for each other.

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This touching drama follows a family whose father sacrifices everything to keep them together. Battling against his obnoxious kids, the man refuses to waver in his quest to hold them together through the hard times.


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Sad Sins Movie Lover: from Pittsburgh, PA US -- July, 18, 2006

I found myself all but blubbering at the end of this sadly sweet old film, which shows that sometimes even the most dated of early talkies still have the capacity to move us. From what I'd read about this movie previously, I'd really expected a somewhat racy Pre-Code/exploitation type of story with the grown children being depraved Jazz-Age degenerates drinking, drugging, and partying their way to the point of no return, but they were just selfish and careless to their poor old sacrificing Papa, and all came out happily in the end when they reunited for Christmas and were able to do well for their parents. (I'm giving it away, but there will be several points in this 76-year-old movie so tear-jerking that any viewer with a heart will WANT there to be a happy ending, or just give up watching this film halfway through in despair.) It is laid on a little thick sometimes: father's sometimes nearly unintelligible German accent and the cute cute cute flashback beginning of getting the kids up in the morning circa 1910, but otherwise, as one of the film commentators on this Roan video states, it is a wonderfully detailed slice of life of small-city mid-Americana 1930 - the cozy home, the downtown area, the railroad station, the shop where the dad and his fellow barber Tony ply their trade - the manicurist Laura is a nice touch, an actress not overwhelmingly movie-star pretty, but charming and realistically attractive enough to "bring in customers" to the business-slowing Depression-era shop. Even the villains aren't melodramatically cruel, evil criminals, just selfish, greedy, uncaring snobs who, when confronted with the fact that they exploit the working-class immigrants in their town, aren't terribly diabolical but aren't at all sorry either - just like real people. Scratch the surface of most wealthy people and that's what's underneath, even and especially 80 years later. Roan video, with clumsy camerawork and some really boring stretches of meaningless interview with the adult son of some obscure child star, adds on plenty of "extras" to this dvd, and I longed to correct some of the commentators' historical mistakes - not being sure if this was the first Robert Montgomery film appearance - it wasn't, 1929's So This Is College was - shouldn't be proferred in any decent caliber video with added commentary. Okay, so they aren't Leonard Maltin or Robert Osborne, but they ought to be a little more knowledgeable about the films, their actors and backgrounds, which they profess to study. Some of the addendums were just silly and a waste of time, but it was a well-meaning gesture to add thoughtful if sometimes inaccurate commentary, and the 1929 Rudy Vallee movie bit with Marie Dressler, collegiate musician guys with slicked-down hair, and a young ingenue in a darling cloche hat was a very enjoyable little period piece. To see this antique curio tidbit just whets my appetite for more neglected film vaults to be opened up.

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