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A Harp in Hock
Director: Renaud Hoffman (Dir)
Release Date:   10 Oct 1927
Duration (in feet):   5,996
Duration (in reels):   6
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Cast:   Rudolph Schildkraut (Isaac Abrams)  
    Junior Coghlan (Tommy Shannon)  
    May Robson (Mrs. Banks)  
    Bessie Love (Nora Banks)  
    Louis Natheaux (Nick)  
    Elsie Bartlett (Mrs. Shannon)  
    Mrs. Charles Mack (The Clock Woman)  
    Joseph Striker (Dr. Franz Mueller)  
    Adele Watson (Investigator)  
    Lillian Harmen (Sourface)  
    Clarence Burton (Plainclothesman)  
    Bobby Heck (Snipe Banks)  

Summary: Isaac Abrams, a lonely ghetto pawnbroker, is disliked by most of his neighbors; the only exceptions are Nora Banks, the landlady's charming daughter, and Mrs. Shannon, a poor scrubwoman saving to bring her son Tommy from Ireland. On the day the child arrives at Ellis Island, his mother is taken fatally ill, and Abrams is forced to take in the child. Tommy, who comes to love Abrams, is taught to care for the shop, barter with the customers, and study. When he beats Snipe Banks, the neighborhood toughie, Mrs. Banks vengefully reports Tommy to the authorities, who remove him to an orphanage and later to an Iowa family. Tommy escapes and returns to the pawnshop; when faced with another parting, Abrams plans to take him away. Abrams is denounced by Mrs. Banks, precipitating a riot, but Dr. Mueller, Nora's suitor, arrives to straighten out matters; Abrams is permitted to adopt the boy. 

Production Company: De Mille Pictures Corp.  
Distribution Company: Pathé Exchange, Inc.  
Director: Renaud Hoffman (Dir)
  Glenn Belt (Asst dir)
Writer: Sonya Levien (Scr)
  Evelyn Campbell (Orig story)
Photography: Dewey Wrigley (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Charles Cadwallader (Art dir)
Film Editor: Donn Hayes (Film ed)
Costumes: Gwen Wakeling (Cost)
Country: United States
Language: English

Source Text:

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Pathé Exchange, Inc. 10/10/1927 dd/mm/yyyy LP24480

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Genre: Melodrama
Subjects (Major): Adoption
  Charwomen and cleaners
  New York City
  New York City--Ellis Island


Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   30 Oct 1927.   
MPW   5 Nov 1927.   
Variety   2 Nov 1927   p. 20.

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