Hungry Hearts (1922 film)

Hungry Hearts (1922) is an American film based on stories by Anzia Yezierska about Jewish immigrants to the Lower East Side of New York City. The film was directed by E. Mason Hopper, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, and starred Helen Ferguson and E. Alyn Warren.

Hungry Hearts
Helen Ferguson and Bryant Washburn depicted in a lobby card for the film
Directed byE. Mason Hopper
Produced bySamuel Goldwyn
Written byMontague Glass
Julien Josephson (titles)
Anzia Yezierska (stories)
StarringHelen Ferguson
E. Alyn Warren
Bryant Washburn
Distributed byGoldwyn Pictures
Release date
  • November 26, 1922 (1922-11-26)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film publication,[1] the Levin family escapes from Europe and finds refuge in New York City, where everyone in the family must work. Sara (Ferguson) finds janitor work and meets David (Washburn), nephew of their landlord Rosenblatt (George Siegmann). David falls in love with Sara and teaches her to read and write. He looks forward to when he can open a law office, be free of his uncle, and marry the girl. The uncle intervenes and parts the lovers, and then raises the rent of the Levin family without mercy. The stress causes Sara's mother to become temporarily insane and damage the walls of the apartment, and Rosenblatt takes them to court. Young lawyer David defends the family against his uncle, and the lovers are reunited while the family moves to the suburbs.

  • The film survives at BFI National Film Archives and the Academy Film Archive.[2]


In October 2009, at the Spanish Synagogue in Prague, Berg Orchestra premiered Jan Dušek's incidental music for Hungry Hearts.[3] In July 2010, the San Francisco Jewish Film Festival presented a restored print of the film, courtesy of the National Center for Jewish Film, the Samuel Goldwyn Company, and the British Film Institute..


  1. "Illustrated Screen Report: Hungry Hearts". Exhibitor's Trade Review. East Stroudsberg, Pennsylvania: Exhibitor's Trade Review, Inc. 13 (2): 107. December 9, 1922. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  2. The Library of Congress/FIAF American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog:Hungry Hearts
  3. Hopper, E. M., Hungry Hearts (1922), featuring a live recording of the premiere of Jan Dušek's incidental music, Berg Orchestra website.

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