The Younger Generation

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The Younger Generation
The Younger Generation poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Frank Capra
Produced by Jack Cohn
Written by Howard J. Green (dialogue)
Fannie Hurst (play)
Sonya Levien
Starring Ricardo Cortez
Music by Mischa Bakaleinikoff
Cinematography Ted Tetzlaff
Edited by Arthur Roberts
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • March 4, 1929 (1929-03-04)
Running time
75 minutes / 84 minutes (TCM print)
Country United States
Language English

The Younger Generation is a 1929 part-talkie drama film directed by Frank Capra. It was produced by Jack Cohn for Columbia Pictures. This was Capra's first sound film. While mostly silent, the film had 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 child of Jewish immigrants, young Morris Goldfish (Ricardo Cortez) becomes a big success in business. He moves his family to Park Avenue, but finds they were happier back on the East Side. He changes his name to Maurice Fish, as he becomes more and more ashamed of his family and his origins. In the end he finds that there is more to life than money.[1][2]



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

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