Humoresque


1h 15m 1920

Brief Synopsis

Young Leon Kanter dreams of being a great violinist. His parents scrape up the money for a violin and for lessons, and Leon rewards them by becoming a great player. But as an adult, Leon finds that people want more from him than just music.

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 19, 1920
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Cosmopolitan Productions; International Film Service Co.
Distribution Company
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.; Paramount-Artcraft Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the story story "Humoresque" by Fannie Hurst in Cosmopolitan (Mar 1919).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
5,987ft (6 reels)

Synopsis

Mama Kantor is overjoyed when her young son Leon exhibits a great talent for playing the violin. After years of practicing, the adult Leon achieves fame and success as a violinist, enabling him to move his family from the Jewish ghetto to fashionable uptown quarters. He also proposes to his former childhood playmate, Minnie Ginsberg, now known as Gina Berg. At the pinnacle of his career, war breaks out; Leon enlists in the army and is sent to France where he right arm is seriously wounded. Convinced that he is crippled permanently and will never be able to play again, Leon breaks his engagement to Gina. Heartbroken, the girl faints and Leon, rushing to her side, scoops her up in his arms. Realizing that his strength has returned, Leon reaches for the violin and begins to play again.

Film Details

Release Date
Sep 19, 1920
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Cosmopolitan Productions; International Film Service Co.
Distribution Company
Famous Players-Lasky Corp.; Paramount-Artcraft Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the story story "Humoresque" by Fannie Hurst in Cosmopolitan (Mar 1919).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
5,987ft (6 reels)

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Notes

The film had a private showing in New York on May 4, 1920, and a pre-release run beginning May 30, 1920 at the Criterion Theatre in New York. It played for twelve weeks there and broke attendance records. Warner Bros. loosely remade Humoresque in 1947 with John Garfield and Joan Crawford in the lead roles. Clifford Odets and Zachary Gold re-adapted Hurst's story, and Jean Negulesco directed it.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1920

Released in United States September 1988

Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals September 8-17, 1988.

reels 6

Released in United States 1920

Released in United States September 1988 (Shown at Toronto Festival of Festivals September 8-17, 1988.)