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This Reckless Age (1932)



Cast overview:
Bradley Ingals
Donald Ingals
Mary Burke
Goliath Whitney
Lois Ingals
Eunice Ingals
Allen Vincent ...
Phillip (Pig) Van Dyke
Cassandra Phelps
Matthew Daggett
Reginald Barlow ...
Lester Bell
John Burke
Stepladder Schultz
Harry Templeton ...
Monk Turner


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9 January 1932 (USA)  »

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The Goose Hangs High  »

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


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Frances Dee Was Paramount's New Young Hope!!
9 August 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

On Broadway Peggy Shannon had shown promise as a light comedienne and her career was guided by William A. Brady who thought she was star material. Then the movies beckoned but Hollywood only saw her as a substitute for Clara Bow and for most of her Paramount films her roles were obtained usually because another star rejected them. He role of Mary in "The Reckless Age" was all her own but it was so minor that any young actress on the lot could have played it and soon after Paramount terminated her contract amid gossip that she had become temperamental.

It was an adaptation of "The Goose Hangs High" and adapted and directed by Frank Tuttle. A typical "parents sacrifice everything for their ungrateful children" theme, this one about the Ingels who had found life a struggle but that doesn't mean their kids were going to miss out. Even though it takes a while for the youngsters to make an appearance their characters have been talked about - spoiled, avaricious, with a definite sense of entitlement!! Lois (Frances Dee) is a madcap who seems to disregard other people's feelings, having a fine old time with friends (Mary Carlisle etc) in an old jalopy!!

Bradley (Charles "Buddy" Rogers - for a while Paramount had dropped the "Buddy" in an effort to give him a broader appeal but by 1932 he was on his way out and who really cared??) brings home a surprise - his fiancé Mary, a girl from a working class background who understands the problems his parents face in trying to give their children the best, more than anyone realises. For all Peggy Shannon's top billing her screen time was minimal, her most impressive scene was in the kitchen when she was trying to explain to Mrs. Ingals the values her parents had instilled in her and why she thinks Bradley would benefit more from a loyal wife than a college degree. Frances Dee was Paramount's new young hope and apart from the parents (Richard Bennett and Frances Starr who also impressed as the mother with a past in "Five Star Final") had the biggest part as tearaway Lois whose wild ways conceal a yearning for Goliath Whitney (yes, Charlie Ruggles, old enough to be her father but a stabilizing influence).

One sequence that seemed to be made up as it went along concerns Mr Ingels and his boss Daggett. Too concerned with seeing his children for Christmas he hastily signs his name to an unfinished report which his boss uses for his own gain leaving Ingels to sink or swim when the irate buyer realises he has been duped. As usual David Landau is his sneaky and crooked self but at the start he was the perfect boss who had paid for Bradley's college fees!! A nice enough movie about the younger generation - was there any question that they wouldn't make their parents proud of them by the end!! Maude Eburne was a standout as Rhoda, the maid!!

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