Breaking Home Ties (1922)

Sub-Genres - Family Drama  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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This drama is in the same vein as Humoresque (the 1920 film, not the later Joan Crawford vehicle) and A Good Provider, focusing on the troubles of a Jewish family, especially the parents. It's based on the traditional Hebrew song, "Eli, Eli" -- at least according to the film's authors, Frank N. Seltzer, who also directed, and George Rolands. Young David Bergman (Richard Farrell) takes in a destitute pal to stay with his family. But when his friend crosses him by stealing his sweetheart they come to blows. David believes that he has killed the man and flees from his home in Russia for the United States. Once in America he becomes a successful lawyer. His parents (Lee Kohlmar and Rebecca Weintraub) also make their way to the New World eventually, but they can't find their son. They struggle in the ghetto to make ends meet but they find themselves on the way to the poorhouse. A settlement worker helps the couple reunite with their son, who turns out to be the worker's fiancé.



escape, family, lawyer, mother, poverty, reunion, rival, suitor