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The Age of Consent (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 19 August 1932 (USA)
College co-eds learn to handle the responsibilities of romance.


(as Gregory Lacava)


(play), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Wilson ...
Betty Cameron
Dora Swale
Michael 'Mike' Harvey
Duke Galloway
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College co-eds learn to handle the responsibilities of romance.

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Eighty miles an hour! Danger at the bend! Waking womanhood discovers life in a soul-deep drama


Drama | Romance






Release Date:

19 August 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Crossroads  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The play opened in New York City, New York, USA, on 11 November 1929 and had 28 performances. In the cast were Sylvia Sidney, Franchot Tone and Dennie Moore. See more »


The onscreen play title is listed as "Crossroads", but the actual title is "Cross Roads". See more »


Dora Swale: [As Mike enters the restaurant where she is a waitress] Hello, polliwog.
Michael 'Mike' Harvey: Hello, Dora.
[While looking for an empty booth to sit in, he overhears a couple talking loudly.]
Unseen Female I: Whaddyou care if they're sharp or not? You can rub your beard off with a towel.
Unseen Male I: Wait'll you start to shave. Alright, alright, what about free love?
Unseen Female I: There's nothing free about MY love, Romeo. Just remember that.
Unseen Male I: You for sale?
Unseen Female I: Let's broaden the conversation.
Unseen Male I: When I get on a subject I like to stay with it. Hey, how about that butter...
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St. Louis Blues
(1914) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by W.C. Handy
Played on radio at Dora's home and danced by Arline Judge and Richard Cromwell
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Surprisingly Intelligent and Thought Provoking Pre-Code Picture
3 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'What do I care about my Daughter's happiness…I'm only concerned about what's right and what's wrong."

This Movie is Another Side of the Pre-Code Expression that is Rarely Mentioned or Discussed because it isn't Lurid, Steamy, or Filled with Lingerie Shots. It is the Freedom (without restrictions from the thought policing of Hays, Breen and the League of Decency) for Films to be Informative, Thought Provoking, Educational, Stimulating, and Socially Redeeming.

It is a Snappy Movie Filled with Great Verbal Flourishes about "Free Love" (the Hippies didn't invent the term), Right and Wrong, Moral or Immoral, and Simply a Coming of Age Paradox of Hormones and Society's Restrictions and Legislation of Private and Personal Behavior. It Tries to Answer, or at Least Discuss, if Anyone has any Say on What Goes on in a Person's Bedroom.

It is Not the Movie that You Think it is Going In. It is a Thoughtful Exploration about a Controversial Subject and is Intelligent and Engaging. Well Acted by Mostly Young Unknowns but Without Much Style, the Film Figures its Straightforward Narrative and Filming Techniques were Better Suited for the Academic Like "Lectures" about a Universal and Timeless Truth.

Certainly Worth a Watch for Film Historians as Well as Culture War Combatants that will Discover Something to Think About. The Ending May be a bit Hokey and Dated but the Film's Basic Subject Matter is Definitely Not.

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