Ernst Lubitsch had a significantly prolific period in Germany—probably only familiar to the most devoted of fans—in which he played a slapstick comic character by the name of Sally Pinkus. Pinkus has basically been long-forgotten, well overshadowed by his later accomplishments, and this in large part due to the antisemitism that characterized these early films. The blossoming filmmaker plays a Jewish character (sometimes called the “Berlin Jew”) that is meant to elicit comedy from stereotypes, and the results, as expected, are often mean-spirited and crude. Nevertheless, Shoe Palace Pinkus has earned a place in history as one of the earliest surviving Lubitsch films. The film concerns a young shoe-shiner (Pinkus) who has little luck with employment until he strikes gold with a benefactress and becomes a highly successful shoe businessman. It is fortunate that this print features subtitles that have been transferred over to English and is backed by a fitting piano score from a W.C. Fields silent, courtesy of Youtube user Bob Toommey.