Children of the Ghetto (1915)

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Children of the Ghetto was a showcase for the talents of actor Wilton Lackaye, a theatrical "giant" who occasionally dabbled in films. Lackaye is cast as Rabbi Shemuel, tending to his flock in the Lower East Side of New York City. The film deals primarily with the fragile relationship between the Rabbi, his wife and his daughter. Gradually and tragically, the family unit is whittled down, until only the Rabbi remains. The film's highlights include three separate Passover feasts, each one significant to the progress of the plotline. The film was based on a successful novel and stage play by Israel Zangwell.