The Sins of the Children (1930)


The Sins of the Children (1930)

A German immigrant to a small American town is a barber with four children. He has saved enough money to invest in a savings-and-loan company with a friend. Unfortunately, one of his sons has been stricken with tuberculosis, and the investment money goes to pay for the son's treatment in Arizona. Twenty years later, the wastrel son of the now-rich man who was to have been his partner, falls in love with the barber's daughter.
IMDb  6.1 /10
Director Sam Wood
Writer Elliott Nugent
Writer J.C. Nugent
Writer Samuel Ornitz
Writer Clara Lipman
Writer Leslie F. Wilder
Release Date1930-06-28
Runtime1h 7mins
GenreDrama, Romance
Content RatingPassed (Passed)
CompanyMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Cosmopolitan Productions
LanguageEnglish, German, Italian
Louis Mann
Louis Mann
Adolf Wagenkampf
Johnnie Wagenkampf
Alma Wagenkampf
Martha Wagenkampf
Ludwig Wagenkampf aka Dr. Lawrence Warren
Joe Higginson
Tony the Barber
Jane Reid
Jane Reid
Katherine Wagenkampf Taylor
Bide Taylor
Jeane Wood
Jeane Wood
Muriel Stokes
Lee Kohlmar
Lee Kohlmar
Dr. Heinrich Schmidt

The Sins of the Children

The Sins of the Children, also known as Father's Day and The Richest Man in the World, is a 1930 American pre-Code drama film, which was produced and directed by Sam Wood and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.


"Adolf Wagenkampf", a German immigrant barber on the verge of becoming rich, takes his sickly son away on a two-year stay in a drier climate. The man's partner deems him a failure, but he learns that his family is more important than finance.


  • Louis Mann as Adolf Wagenkampf
  • Robert Montgomery as Nick Higginson
  • Elliott Nugent as Johann Wagenkampf
  • Leila Hyams as Alma Wagenkampf
  • Clara Blandick as Martha Wagenkampf
  • Mary Doran as Laura
  • Ralph Bushman as Ludwig Wagenkampf
  • Robert McWade as Joe Higginson
  • Dell Henderson as Ted Baldwin
  • Henry Armetta as Tony
  • Jane Reid as Katherine Wagenkampf Taylor
  • James Donlan as Bide Taylor
  • Jeane Wood as Muriel Stokes
  • Lee Kohlmar as Dr Heinrich Schmidt

External links

  • The Sins of the Children at IMDb