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This Modern Age (1931)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  29 August 1931 (USA)
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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. ... 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.
Monroe Owsley ...
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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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Mother with a past
10 January 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Two stars of different generations combine their talents in This Modern Age which does not prove to be all that modern even for 1931. Pauline Frederick and Joan Crawford are mother and daughter in this MGM film and it's about a reunion that brings out a few issues and unpleasant truths. In later years it would be Joan cast as the mother with a past.

In her flapper years Crawford is looking forward to a trip to Paris where she will reunite with Frederick after many years separation. Along the way she meets All American Harvard football player Neil Hamilton and his straightlaced parents Hobart Bosworth and Emma Dunn.

But later on she meets two male acquaintances of Frederick, drunken playboy Monroe Owsley who might have been cast her instead of Crawford's good friend William Haines. It's very much a Haines type role. And there's this friend of Mom's the titled Albert Conti. They're very good friends indeed.

A great deal of Puritan moralizing is offered in This Modern Age. In the end it all works out for the lovebirds.

A really creaky old time vehicle, This Modern Age is palatable for today's audiences by the performances of Crawford and Frederick.


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