Sins of the Fathers (1928 film)

Sins of the Fathers is a 1928 American part-talkie drama film produced by Famous Players-Lasky and released by Paramount Pictures. It was also issued in a silent version for theaters which were not yet wired for sound. The film was directed by Ludwig Berger and stars Emil Jannings and Ruth Chatterton in her motion picture debut.[1]

Sins of the Fathers
Lobby poster
Directed byLudwig Berger
Produced byFamous Players-Lasky
Screenplay byE. Lloyd Sheldon
Julian Johnson
Story byNorman Burnstine
StarringEmil Jannings
Ruth Chatterton
Zasu Pitts
Music byHugo Riesenfeld
CinematographyVictor Milner
Slavko Vorkapic (montage sequence)
Edited byFrances Marsh
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • December 29, 1928 (1928-12-29)
Running time
10 reels; 2320 meters; 7,611 feet
CountryUnited States
LanguageSound film (English intertitles)


Survival status

It has been reported that a print of Sins of the Fathers survives.[1] Some promotional or Coming Attraction material is held by the Library of Congress and excerpts are preserved at the UCLA Film and Television Archive.[2][3]


  1. Progressive Silent Film List: Sins of the Fathers at
  2. Internet Movie Database; Trivia Retrieved September 29, 2016
  3. Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, p. 166 (which redirects to p. 33) c.1978 published by the American Film Institute
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