Sorrell and Son (1927 film)

Sorrell and Son is a 1927 American silent drama film released on December 2, 1927 and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director at the 1st Academy Awards the following year.[1] The film was based on the 1925 novel of the same name by Warwick Deeping, Sorrell and Son, which became and remained a bestseller throughout the 1920s and 1930s.

Sorrell and Son
Directed byHerbert Brenon
Ray Lissner (assistant)
Produced byJoseph Schenck
Written byElizabeth Meehan (adaptation)
Herbert Brenon (scenario)
Based onSorrell and Son
by Warwick Deeping
StarringH. B. Warner
Anna Q. Nilsson
Norman Trevor
Nils Asther
Mary Nolan
CinematographyJames Wong Howe
Edited byMarie Halvey
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • November 12, 1927 (1927-11-12) (New York City)
  • December 2, 1927 (1927-12-02) (U.S.)
Running time
10 reels; 9,000 feet
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The screenplay was adapted by Elizabeth Meehan. It was written and directed by Herbert Brenon. Filming took place in England.


The story has been remade twice, once in 1934 as Sorrell and Son, with H.B. Warner repeating his role as Stephen Sorrell, and once as a British television serial in 1984.

Preservation statusEdit

The 1927 version was considered a lost film for many years. However, the Academy Film Archive restored both an almost-complete copy of Sorrell and Son and a trailer for the film, in 2004 and 2006, respectively.[2]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The 1st Academy Awards (1929) Nominees and Winners". Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 17, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Preserved Projects". Academy Film Archive.

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