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The Age for Love (1931)

A wife does not want children, her husband leaves her and marries a woman who does.



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Cast overview:
Jean Hurd
Sylvia Pearson
Horace Keats
Nina Donnet
Adrian Morris ...
Jeff Aldrich
Dot Aldrich
Vivien Oakland ...
Grace (as Vivian Oakland)
The Poet (as Andred Beranger)
Jed Prouty ...
Floyd Evans
Joan Standing ...
Alice Moe ...
Mr. Pearson
Pierre de Ramey ...
Jules (as Count Pierre de Ramey)


A wife does not want children, her husband leaves her and marries a woman who does.

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17 October 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Idade para Amar  »

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1.37 : 1
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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. See more »


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The Age for Love (1931) - Lost ?
7 September 2016 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Jean Hurd ( Billie Dove ), who works in the office of literary agent Horace Keats ( Edward Everett Horton ), meets poet Dudley Crome ( Charles Starrett ) at a party. Although they are attracted to each other, their views on marriage are totally opposed, as Jean believes that married women should not be subordinate to their husbands. Dudley takes Jean to visit his married friends, Dot ( Betty Ross Clarke ) and Jeff Aldrich ( Adrian Morris ), and their baby. Dot, who is pregnant with their second child, is completely submissive to Jeff, who doesn't consider her needs at all. Put off by this marriage, Jean insists that if she and Dudley marry, Dudley must agree that she will not have a baby until she wants one. Dudley persuades Jean to marry him and give his vision of married life a chance. Jean leaves her job, but eventually becomes bored and unhappy with her life and returns to work as Horace's partner. As Jean grows more and more absorbed in her work, Dudley feels neglected and, after attending a party where the wives stay at home and the husbands brag about their jobs and children, leaves Jean. After a divorce, Dudley marries Sylvia Pearson ( Lois Wilson ), who wants a home and family. Sylvia is the kind of wife Dudley has always wanted, but he is unhappy because he is still in love with Jean. One night, Dudley runs into Jean at the theatre, and she tells him she is leaving soon for Paris with Horace to open a branch office. He follows her to her apartment and, after forcing her to admit that she still loves him, spends the night with her. The next morning, Sylvia confronts Jean, who admits that Dudley was with her the previous night. When Sylvia tells Jean she is pregnant, Jean leaves immediately for Paris, planning never to see Dudley again. In Paris, Jean tries to forget Dudley through a series of love affairs, but when she returns, she learns that Sylvia, content with her child, has stepped aside to allow Dudley to be with the woman he loves.

This 1931 drama was a vehicle for Howard Hughes' mistress Billie Dove and was based on the novel, The Age of Love by Ernest Pascal. It also starred Lois Wilson, Edward Everett Horton and Charles Starrett. The Age for Love was a 1931 American pre-Code and is now considered lost. I hope a copy survives somewhere and resurfaces.

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