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29 August 1931 (USA) See more »
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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  (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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Additional Details

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68 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Marjorie Rambeau fell ill during production and was replaced by Pauline Frederick.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV)See more »


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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Crawford in Fine Form, 15 July 2012
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

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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