4.9/10
275
8 user 5 critic

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 »

Director:

(as Nicholas Grindé)

Writers:

, (story "Girls Together") | 2 more credits »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

After the death of her father and loss of the family fortune, Bonnie gets a job as a cub reporter while her brother becomes involved in bootlegging.

Director: Harry Beaumont
Stars: Joan Crawford, Cliff Edwards, Lester Vail
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Kay, a bored society girl from New York, takes a trip to Greece-where she meets, Terry, an archaeologist. Kay flirts with Terry and he falls for Kay. Kay heads back to New York and Terry ... See full summary »

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Joan Crawford, Brian Aherne, Frank Morgan
Paid (1930)
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Mary Turner goes up for three years on a crime she didn't commit. Once out she and former prison mates plan a scam in which old men can be sued for breach of promise - the "heart balm" ... See full summary »

Director: Sam Wood
Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Armstrong, Marie Prevost
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A society girl tries to reform her playboy husband by making him jealous.

Directors: Edward H. Griffith, George Cukor
Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Charles Ruggles
Certificate: Passed Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Oxford Professor Richard Myles and new bride Frances are off on a European honeymoon. It isn't your typical honeymoon though, for they are on a spying mission for British intelligence on ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Joan Crawford, Fred MacMurray, Conrad Veidt
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Cabaret performer Ivy Stevens in an affair with a low-rent traveling salesman is dumped in a 'Dear Jane' letter and finds solace in joining the Salvation Army.

Director: Harry Beaumont
Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Neil Hamilton
Montana Moon (1930)
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

While returning to Montana from a fling in New York, wealthy Joan Prescott leaves the train, intending to return to the big city. She runs into handsome cowboy Larry and gets engaged. On ... See full summary »

Director: Malcolm St. Clair
Stars: Joan Crawford, Johnny Mack Brown, Dorothy Sebastian
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Three department store girls--Connie, Franky, and Jerry--share an apartment on West 91st Street in New York City. Each earns little more than 20 dollars per week. Jerry is the sensible one,... See full summary »

Director: Harry Beaumont
Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Montgomery, Anita Page
Today We Live (1933)
Drama | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

During WWI, two officers, one a pilot and the other in the navy, compete for the same beautiful young woman.

Directors: Howard Hawks, Richard Rosson
Stars: Joan Crawford, Gary Cooper, Robert Young
Possessed (1931)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Ambitious factory Girl Marion Martin meets a handsome well-to-do, but he's interested in her as a mistress, not a wife.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Wallace Ford
Certificate: Passed Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A flapper charms a diplomat to procure her fiancé a career opportunity, while the fiancé starts a relationship with her best friend.

Director: Jack Conway
Stars: Joan Crawford, Rod La Rocque, Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A runaway bride and an undercover reporter get caught up in political intrigue as they lead a merry chase across Europe and uncover a spy plot.

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Joan Crawford, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Diane 'Di' Winters
...
Robert 'Bob' Blake Jr.
...
Tony Girard
...
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:
...
Diane 'Di' Winters (scenes deleted)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 August 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Girls Together  »

Box Office

Budget:

$354,162 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Connections

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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A good example of what MGM did so well in the early 30's...
7 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

...plus it's a good vehicle for Joan Crawford and, for that matter, the rest of the cast too. This is an example of an MGM precode society drama in which the sin of being too virtuous seems to be the central theme.

The story opens with Di Winter (Pauline Frederick) planning a trip with her married lover, André de Graignon (Albert Conti). Di had divorced her husband years ago, apparently was judged an unfit character by the court, and had her daughter taken from her and not even allowed visitation. Di then moves to France, and eventually becomes the long time mistress of the wealthy Andre. Andre, in return, furnishes her with a lovely house and clothes to match, servants, and in general a very luxurious lifestyle. Out of the blue, Di gets a letter notifying her that her long lost daughter Val (Joan Crawford) is on her way for a visit. Val turns out to be a good mixture of mom and dad - she has mom's fun loving ways balanced with dad's moral compass.

Val lacks experience with the kind of people her mother rubs elbows with and the high life in general, since she has lived a rather sheltered life. She finds two suitors. Tony is a free spirit who takes everyone as they are with no judgment, but he has no use for marriage. Bob is a more conventional sort and the marrying kind whose parents' ancestors not only came over on the Mayflower, either one of them could easily be confused with Plymouth Rock itself. They are that stuffy and very judgmental. Which suitor and accompanying lifestyle will Val ultimately choose? On top of that Di has lied to her daughter about who exactly owns her house and where her money comes from. To make matters worse Andre is getting tired of paying Di's bills and getting no bang for his buck since daughter Val moved in. All of this together makes for good drama indeed and a great showcase for the talents of all concerned. Plus it was good to see an older woman (Miss Frederick) playing an attractive woman and an object of desire. That's something you'd never see in a popular film today and that's the reason that great actresses with 50 year careers like that of Joan Crawford are likely to remain forever in the past.


4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss This Modern Age (1931) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?