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29 August 1931 (USA) See more »
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Valentine Winters goes to Paris to meet the divorced mother she has never known. She becomes involved... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Crawford ... Valentine 'Val' Winters

Pauline Frederick ... Diane 'Di' Winters

Neil Hamilton ... 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)

Ann Dvorak ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Armand Kaliz ... (uncredited)
Sandra Ravel ... Bit (uncredited)
Leo White ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
Nick Grinde  (as Nicholas Grindé)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank Butler 
Mildred Cram  story "Girls Together"
John Meehan  additional dialogue
Sylvia Thalberg 

Cinematography by
Charles Rosher 
 
Film Editing by
William LeVanway 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert A. Golden .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George Hommel .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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68 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Marjorie Rambeau fell ill during production and was replaced by Pauline Frederick.See more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Immoral behavior in Paris, 31 July 2002
Author: Jim Tritten from Corrales, NM

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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