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The Young in Heart (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 3 November 1938 (USA)
Thrown out of the Riviera, a family of grifters meets a lonely, vulnerable rich old woman and insinuate themselves into her life while they sponge off her.

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Richard Carleton
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'Sahib' Carleton
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Marmy Carleton
Minnie Dupree ...
Miss Fortune
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Leslie Saunders
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Duncan Macrae
Henry Stephenson ...
Mr. Anstruther
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Mr. Hutchins
Walter Kingsford ...
Inspector
Eily Malyon ...
Sarah
Tom Ricketts ...
Andrew
Irvin S. Cobb ...
Mr. Jennings
Lucile Watson ...
Mrs. Jennings
Margaret Early ...
Adela Jennings
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The Carletons make a living as card sharps and finding new suckers to mooch off of. When their latest scam backfires, they are asked to leave Monte Carlo. At the train station, they meet a kind old woman named Miss Fortune. The elderly lady is very wealthy and very lonely. As a reward for saving her life after the train derails, Miss Fortune invites the Carletons to come live with her. The family hopes that by winning her affection, they can eventually be named sole beneficiaries in her will. But will a change of heart soften their mercenary feelings before that time comes? Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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A top-notch cast in a film that will capture your heart! See more »

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3 November 1938 (USA)  »

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Den letsindige familie  »

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Legendary stage actress Laurette Taylor (Amanda Wingfield in the original 1945 Broadway production of "The Glass Menagerie") made a screen test for David O. Selznick for the role of Miss Fortune, eventually played in the film by Minnie Dupree. The screen test can be seen in the documentary Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (2003). See more »

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Duncan Macrae's (Richard Carlson) "Scottish" accent is highly dubious and inconsistent throughout the film. See more »

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Marmy Carleton: The sahib doesn't believe in unemployment.
Mrs. Jennings: He doesn't?
Marmy Carleton: H thinks it should all be done away with.
Mrs. Jennings: How interesting!
Marmy Carleton: He says the only way to do away with unemployment is to do away with employment. If nobody worked, there couldn't be any unemployment, and so the sahib hasn't done a speck of work in four years.
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Referenced in Hollywood: The Selznick Years (1969) See more »

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The Campbells Are Coming
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Arranged by Franz Waxman
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Delightful Warm Comedy/Drama
4 November 1999 | by (New York City, NY) – See all my reviews

Made in 1938, and starring Janet Gaynor and Douglas Fairbanks Jr, THE YOUNG IN HEART also introduced two newcomers, notably Paulette Goddard and Richard Carlson. It also featured Bille Burke and Roland Young. The story is about a clever family of spongers who latch onto an older rich lady who lives alone and is need of companions. Their intentions are to make her like them, which she does, and eventually get her to leave everything to them in her will.

Along the way, to impress her doubting attorney, Young and Fairbanks go out to find a job, something they have never done in their entire lives. Fairbanks runs into Goddard, as he applies for a job, and is smitten (who wouldn't be), and Young learns his trade as a car salesman very well, beginning to take pride in his endeavors.

This is a lovely film with performances simply stated. It was produced by David Selznick and directed by Richard Wallace. Selznick was, at the time this picture was being filmed, looking for a cast for his up and coming production of GONE WITH THE WIND. A bit of trivia: Paulette Goddard was the first choice for Scarlett O'Hara beating out other outstanding stars trying for the coveted role. That is until Vivien Leigh came along. Leigh got the role Goddard was after. Leigh auditioned for the role in THE YOUNG IN HEART that Goddard got.


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