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2 January 1932 (USA) See more »
A poor seamstress girl sours on her engagement to a grocery deliveryman after seeing her sister's abusive marriage. Trying to help her sister pay for a divorce lawyer, she turns to a rich playboy she met at work. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Marian Marsh ... Margie Evans

Anita Page ... Sophie

Regis Toomey ... Jimmie Slocum

Warren William ... Raymond Harding

Norman Foster ... Alf

Joyce Compton ... Sybil
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Pop Evans
Claire Dodd ... Babsy
Paul Porcasi ... François
Maude Eburne ... Mrs. McCarthy
Murray Kinnell ... Peterson, Butler
Dorothy Appleby ... Elsie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Lilian Bond ... Penthouse Party Guest
Wade Boteler ... Cop (uncredited)

Mary Doran ... Lucille (uncredited)
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Evans (uncredited)
Dorothy Granger ... Penthouse Party Guest (uncredited)
Otto Hoffman ... Penthouse Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Penthouse Party Guest (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Penthouse Party Guest (uncredited)
Claude King ... Doctor (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint ... Minister at Wedding (uncredited)

Claire McDowell ... Seamstress (uncredited)

Walter McGrail ... Gregg (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Penthouse Party Guest (uncredited)

Dennis O'Keefe ... Penthouse Party Guest (uncredited)
Ben Taggart ... Detective French (uncredited)
Edward Van Sloan ... Assistant to François (uncredited)
Judith Vosselli ... Miss Gray (uncredited)
Kathrin Clare Ward ... Mrs. Howe, Jimmie's Landlady (uncredited)
Renee Whitney ... Model (uncredited)
Clarence Wilson ... A.J. Dietrich, Attorney (uncredited)

Directed by
Archie Mayo 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank Mitchell Dazey  story "Sky Life"
Agnes Christine Johnston  story "Sky Life" (as Agnes C. Johnston)
Charles Kenyon 

Cinematography by
Barney McGill 
Film Editing by
George Marks 
Art Direction by
Esdras Hartley 
Costume Design by
Earl Luick 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Ray Heindorf .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... composer: title music (uncredited)

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80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The short films Hotter Than Haiti (1931) and The Ugly Duckling (1931) played in front of this film in many theaters during its original theatrical run.See more »
Raymond Harding:Well, why not take off your clothes and stay awhile?See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A Charming pre-Code Story, 2 December 2014
Author: atlasmb from United States

"Under 18" is a charming pre-Code film that includes the best of the genre: beautiful art deco sets, stunning period fashions, and scenes that were titillating for their time.

According to notes in the bio of Ms. Marsh, the film was not a critical success, but I do not understand why. The film's best asset is the performance of Marian Marsh herself, who is cute as a Kewpie doll. She plays Margie, a seamstress in the back room of Maison Ritz--a couture fashion house--where she is enthralled by the happenings in the front salon, where rich men bring their women to select expensive gowns and furs.

Margie's friends and relatives exist on the lower end of the financial spectrum, trying to get ahead. Her boyfriend, Jimmy, is an optimist. He always tells her that good times are just around the corner. But when times get worse, Margie is tempted to take a short cut.

In 1931, as skyscrapers captured the imagination of the public, it must have felt like there were two worlds--the life of penthouse luxury that existed in the sky and the life of the hoi polloi down on street level. This film captures that concept very well (similar to Fitzgerald's vision of a distant, unattainable East Egg in "The Great Gatsby").

There is nothing about this film that I would criticize. It offers a wonderful view of the life and times of the early thirties, including the changing mores that some saw as opportunity and others saw as the demise of traditional values.

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