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His People
Alternate Title: The Jew
Director: Edward Sloman (Dir)
Release Date:   27 Dec 1925
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 1 Nov 1925
Duration (in feet):   8,983
Duration (in reels):   9
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Cast:   Rudolph Schildkraut (Rabbi David Cominsky)  
    Rosa Rosanova (Rosie Cominsky)  
    George Lewis (Sammy Cominsky [grown])  
    Bobby Gordon (Sammy Cominsky [child])  
    Arthur Lubin (Morris Cominsky [grown])  
    Albert Bushaland (Morris Cominsky [child])  
    Blanche Mehaffey (Mamie Shannon [grown])  
    Jean Johnson (Mamie Shannon [child])  
    Kate Price (Kate Shannon)  
    Virginia Brown Faire (Ruth Stein)  
    Nat Carr (Chaim Barowitz)  
    Bertram Marburgh (Judge Nathan Stein)  
    Edgar Kennedy (Thomas Nolan)  
    Charles Sullivan (The champion)  
    Sidney Franklin (Levensky)  

Summary: Rabbi Cominsky, the father of two sons, ekes out a living in New York's Lower East Side as a pushcart peddler. He favors the studious and ambitious Morris, the elder, who wants to be a lawyer, rather than the loyal Sammy, who sells papers and who helps put his older brother through college. Cominsky finds out that Sammy has become a prizefighter under the name "Battling Rooney" and drives him out of the house. Morris demands that his father buy him a dress suit, so Cominsky pawns his overcoat to get one (which Morris throws in an ashcan) and becomes seriously ill from exposure to the cold. Cominsky passes the crisis but is told he must go to a warmer climate. Morris, meanwhile, has become engaged to marry Ruth Stein, his boss's daughter, but is ashamed of his parentage. Cominsky arrives at the engagement party, and Morris refuses to acknowledge his own father. Sammy, after winning the lightweight championship, faces up to his brother, denounces him, and drags him home. Morris, realizing his sin, begs and receives forgiveness. Cominsky acknowledges his gratitude to Sammy and gives his blessing to Sammy's Irish sweetheart, Mamie. 

Production Company: Universal Pictures Corp.  
Production Text: Universal-Jewel
Distribution Company: Universal Pictures Corp.  
Director: Edward Sloman (Dir)
Producer: Carl Laemmle (Pres)
Writer: Charles E. Whittaker (Adpt)
  Alfred A. Cohn (Adpt, cont and titles)
  Charles E. Whittaker (Cont)
  Isadore Bernstein (Story)
Photography: Max Dupont (Dir of photog)
Music: Edward Kilenyi (Mus score)
Country: United States
Language: English

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Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Universal Pictures Corp. 17/11/1925 dd/mm/yyyy LP22021

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Genre: Melodrama
Sub-Genre: Domestic
 
Subjects (Major): Boxers
  Family life
  Irish
  Jews
  New York City--Lower East Side
  Peddlers and peddling
  Rabbis

Note: This film opened in New York City under the title Proud Heart , the title under which the film was reviewed in Var . Its working title was The Jew

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   15 Nov 1925.   
Photoplay   Dec 1925   p. 46.
Variety   4 Nov 1925   p. 40.

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