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We Who Are Young (1940)

Passed  -  Drama | Romance  -  19 July 1940 (USA)
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Margy Brooks
John Shelton ...
William Brooks
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C.B. Beamis
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Jones
Henry Armetta ...
Tony
Jonathan Hale ...
Braddock
Clarence Wilson ...
R. Glassford
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Hal K. Dawson ...
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John Butler ...
Mr. Peabody
Irene Seidner ...
Mrs. Weinstock
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Horace McMahon ...
Foreman (as Horace MacMahon)
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This picture marked the American debut of European producer Seymour Nebenzal. See more »

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Sidewalks of New York
(1894) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Lawlor
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Bizarre version of 1940's "normal"
11 October 2001 | by (Bothell, Washington, Land of Rain) – See all my reviews

"We Who Are Young" is the odd kind of movie that David Lynch, the Cohen Brothers, and Ed Wood Jr. must have adored as young men. It's an odd, stilted bit of didactic goofiness about how tough it is to get ahead in a stifling capitalistic society. It follows a young couple, a pre-stardom Lana Turner and John Shelton, as they invariably make the wrong financial moves during the pre-WW II Depression era. They both work at the same office-an accounting firm run like a factory, lunch-period buzzers and all-until it is discovered that they are married. No married women are allowed by company policy, and she is fired (but not before receiving lots of stern advice on living within one's means by the robotic department manager). And this happens just after they buy over $200 worth of new furniture on his $25 a week salary, now their only income. Then she gets pregnant. Then HE gets fired (and has an absolutely histrionic girly-fit, yelling at his boss that `if this affects my wife or child in any way, I'll come back here and just kill you! I'll just kill you!'). And it goes on. What makes the film so special, besides the unintentionally hilarious dialogue, is the way the actors will periodically stare into space as we hear their poetic thoughts overdubbed-very, VERY Ed Wood (and not unlike the similarly awkward thought-balloon overdubbing in Lynch's version of `Dune'). But the gooney monologues are certainly not constrained to the characters' inner world; they also take the occasion to look straight into the camera and actually speak their thoughts at length, even though other characters may be right next to them. How to react to this kind of strangeness is left entirely up to you, the viewer, because the film is so ineptly made you can have no idea whether it's trying to be serious or comedic. I don't want to spoil it for you, but let's just say that if you're a fan of the Coen Brothers' `The Hudsucker Proxy', the less violent moments of Lynch films like `Blue Velvet', Wood's `Glen or Glenda' and the like, you will enjoy seeing their genesis in this nutty bit of 1940's agitprop-pop.

Look for it on AMC and Turner Classic.


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