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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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A film without a believable ending. 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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A film without a believable ending., 29 September 2013
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"This Modern Age" is a Joan Crawford film that looks like the picture was rushed into production before the script was finalized. It just seems to have some rough spots as well as an ending that isn't very satisfying.

The film begins with Val moving to France to see her mother--a woman who she hasn't seen in many years. That's because her parents divorced when she was young and Val was brought up by her dad in the States. While Val's desire to get to know her mother is reasonable, she doesn't realize that her mother is NOT the nice lady she thinks she is--she's a kept woman whose nice home actually belongs to her rich lover. In essence, she's an older prostitute--one whose current keeper is tiring of her.

At first, Val falls in with some vacuous party animals. When she's out with Tony one night, the car wrecks and she's rescued by a rich and handsome guy, Bob (Neil Hamilton). The pair begin dating and soon they are contemplating marriage. All they need to do is have her meet his parents. This goes just fine. But, when his parents come to her home, it's a bit of a disaster, as her old gadabout friends arrive and behave quite boorishly. However, that's NOT what bothers Bob--it's when he overhears a conversation with her mother and her lover--and he learns the truth. Bob is still interested in marrying Val, but he wants her to leave her mother and this raunchy life. She thinks he's just a snob (well, he IS a bit of a snob) and tells him to get lost. Then, when her mother realizes what's happened, she admits to Val that she is indeed a skank. What's next? See this and find out for yourself. However, be forewarned that the ultimate resolution comes WAY too quickly and isn't the least bit realistic.

Overall, this is an A-picture whose script make it look like a cheap B-movie. Predictable and a bit silly.

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