The Younger Generation

The Younger Generation is a 1929 American part-talkie drama film directed by Frank Capra and starring Ricardo Cortez. It was produced by Jack Cohn for Columbia Pictures. It was Capra's first sound film. While mostly silent, the film has talking sequences, as well as a synchronized music score and sound effects. The screenplay was adapted from a Fannie Hurst play entitled It Is to Laugh.[1]

The Younger Generation
Film poster
Directed byFrank Capra
Produced byJack Cohn
Written byHoward J. Green (dialogue)
Sonya Levien
Based onIt Is to Laugh
by Fannie Hurst
StarringRicardo Cortez
Music byMischa Bakaleinikoff
CinematographyTed Tetzlaff
Edited byArthur Roberts
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • March 4, 1929 (1929-03-04)
Running time
75 minutes / 84 minutes (TCM print)
CountryUnited States


The child of Jewish immigrants, Morris Goldfish (Ricardo Cortez) finds success as an art dealer. He moves his family to Fifth Avenue and changes his name to Maurice Fish. There, he finds his family to be damaging to his social status. In the end he finds that there is more to life than money.[1][2]



  1. "The Younger Generation". Retrieved 2015-11-05.
  2. "The Younger Generation (1929)". Retrieved 2015-11-05.

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