The Younger Generation

Screening on Film
Directed by Frank Capra.
With Jean Hersholt, Lina Basquette, Ricardo Cortez.
US, 1929, 35mm, black & white, 75 min.

With a fine cast: Jean Hersholt, Ricardo Cortez, Lena Basquette, [sic] and Rosa Rosanova, we made Fannie Hurst’s play—It Is to Laugh—about a social-climbing super-Jew who denied his parents—into a half-talkie film. We called it The Younger Generation. The first half we shot silent at Columbia, the second half in sound at a ‘sound stage’ on Santa Monica Boulevard, somewhere. While many big shots mulled about sound, or tried exorcising it with incantations of ‘fad!’ ‘won’t sell!’ some sharpie wangled priorities in sound equipment, hung horse blankets on the walls of a ‘barn,’ and had himself a rental sound stage with customers waiting in line.— FC

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