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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Diane 'Di' Winters
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Robert 'Bob' Blake Jr.
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Tony Girard
Hobart Bosworth ...
Mr. Robert Blake Sr.
Emma Dunn ...
Mrs. Margaret Blake
Albert Conti ...
André de Graignon
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ...
Marie, the Housekeeper
Marcelle Corday ...
Alyce, the Maid
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Marjorie Rambeau ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

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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Crawford in Fine Form
15 July 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

This Modern Age (1931)

** (out of 4)

Fair soap opera from MGM has Valentine Winters (Joan Crawford) going to stay with her mother (Pauline Frederick) and quickly falling in love with a rich man (Neil Hamilton) from a good family. Valentine realizes that this man could give her all she wanted in life but he and his family objects to her friends and especially her mother. The factory known as MGM serves great for fans today because it means their favorite stars were pumping out a number of films each year unlike today where you get one if you're lucky. With so many films being pumped out it's really no shock that most of them would be forgotten today had it not been for the fact that they featured a legend. THIS MODERN AGE is a rather predictable melodrama but it remains interesting thanks in large part to Crawford who is dashing as ever. The story itself is a pretty weak one as the girl must pick between money or her mother. This plays out in a way you pretty much see coming from a mile away and I certainly doubt that anyone is going to be shocked by the ending. The entire premise of nobody caring about what happens was an interesting setting but there simply wasn't enough done with it. This atmosphere does lead to some eye rolling bits including a drunk driving scene, which ends in an accident but it's all played for laughs, which certainly doesn't sit too well today. Crawford easily steals the film as the innocent girl who just likes to have fun. The legend perfectly handles every aspect of the performance and she manages to mix it up well with the supporting cast. Both Frederick and Hamilton are good in their parts as well. Fans of Crawford will certainly want to check this one out but a better screenplay certainly would have helped things.


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