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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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Mother with a past See more (8 total) »

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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Mother with a past, 10 January 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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