Sins of the Fathers (1928)


Sins of the Fathers (1928)

A married restaurant owner is persuaded to become a bootlegger by a beautiful young girl. When he starts making money at it, she steals it, then runs off with another man. His wife finds out what happened. Complications ensue.
IMDb  6.9 /10
Director Ludwig Berger
Writer Norman Burnstine
Writer Julian Johnson
Writer E. Lloyd Sheldon
Release Date1928-12-29
Runtime1h 13mins
Content Rating
CompanyParamount Famous Lasky Corporation
LanguageNone, English
Wilhelm Spengler
Tom Spengler
Mary Spengler
Otto Schmidt
Mother Spengler
The Hijacker
The Eye Specialist
Douglas Haig
Douglas Haig
Tom, as a child
Mary, as a child (as Dawn O'Day)
Rose Curley
Rose Curley

Sins of the Fathers (1928 film)

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.


  • Emil Jannings as Wilhelm Spengler
  • Ruth Chatterton as Greta Blake
  • Barry Norton as Tom Spengler
  • Jean Arthur as Mary Spengler
  • Jack Luden as Otto Schmidt
  • ZaSu Pitts as Mother Spengler
  • Matthew Betz as Gus Newman
  • Harry Cording as The Hijacker
  • Arthur Housman as The Count
  • Frank Reicher as The Eye Specialist
  • Douglas Haig as Tom, as a child
  • Dawn O'Day (later known as Anne Shirley) as Mary, as a child
  • Milla Davenport as Bit Part (uncredited)
  • Speed Webb and His Orchestra (uncredited)

Survival status

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.