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This Modern Age (1931)

Approved | | Drama | 29 August 1931 (USA)
Valentine Winters goes to Paris to meet the divorced mother she has never known. She becomes involved with dissipated Tony and when their car rolls over is saved by Harvard footballer Bob. ... See full summary »

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Diane 'Di' Winters
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Robert 'Bob' Blake Jr.
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Tony Girard
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Mr. Robert Blake Sr.
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Mrs. Margaret Blake
Albert Conti ...
André de Graignon
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Marie, the Housekeeper
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Alyce, the Maid
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Diane 'Di' Winters (scenes deleted)
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Valentine Winters goes to Paris to meet the divorced mother she has never known. She becomes involved with dissipated Tony and when their car rolls over is saved by Harvard footballer Bob. When Bob brings his parents to meet her, Tony comes in drunk and Valentine's mother is revealed to have been for five years the mistress of wealthy Andre. Bob's parents leaves in disgust, but love conquers all. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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29 August 1931 (USA)  »

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Girls Together  »

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$354,162 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Marjorie Rambeau fell ill during production and was replaced by Pauline Frederick. See more »

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Featured in 100 Years at the Movies (1994) See more »

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Immoral behavior in Paris
31 July 2002 | by (Corrales, NM) – See all my reviews

Fast-paced soaper set in Paris during an era in which `nobody cares' what you do. Upon the death of her father, an innocent `nineteen' year-old blonde Joan Crawford seeks out and is reunited with her divorced expatriate mother. The mother comes to realize that a chance at a renewed relationship with her daughter is worth more than a long-standing relationship with the Frenchman who has been paying her way for years. Mother and daughter move in together.

Complications with the boyfriend – a Harvard football man from a good American family. The kids fall hard for each other but when his parents see the kind of mother and friends she has – well there is the dickens to pay. A more sour looking pair would have been hard to find. Joan looks great (but not 19) in this movie and does a good job at being aghast when she finds out the truth about her mother.

Joan plays a girl whose world is to: make virtue of vice, never take anything seriously, and always be amusing. Yet she rebels against her mother's behavior. Will the daughter reconcile with and accept her mother for who she is? Can the sourpusses ever forgive the scandalous behavior of a fallen woman? Does a woman need a man before she is really happy (will those darn kids get together in the end)? Or will Joan run off instead and seek fulfillment elsewhere? These questions and more are answered in the dramatic conclusion of `This Modern Age.'


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