Mother Knows Best


1h 50m 1928

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 28, 1928
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Mother Knows Best" by Edna Ferber in Mother Knows Best; a Fiction Book (Garden City, NY, 1927).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (talking sequences), Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
10,116ft (9 reels)

Synopsis

Ma Quail robs the till in her husband's drugstore in order to finance singing and dancing lessons for her daughter, Sally, who, even as a kidlet of 8, is a clever impersonator. Years pass, and domineering, ambitious Ma Quail drives her daughter into a career in show business, guiding her from amateur nights to vaudeville to A. E. F. shows and finally to the Broadway big time. Although Sally becomes a fine dramatic actress, her mother never allows her to develop a personality of her own and strictly forbids her any romantic life; whenever Sally falls in love with a young fellow, Ma drives him away. Sally eventually has a nervous breakdown, and a doctor makes Ma realize that she is ruining her daughter's life. Ma then reunites Sally with the boy she loves, and Sally returns to her former prominence as an actress.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 28, 1928
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "Mother Knows Best" by Edna Ferber in Mother Knows Best; a Fiction Book (Garden City, NY, 1927).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (talking sequences), Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
10,116ft (9 reels)

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