7.1/10
122
12 user 4 critic

Our Hearts Were Young and Gay (1944)

In 1923, two young ladies depart unescorted for a tour of Europe, meeting two eligible men aboard ship. Their great naivity and efforts to seem grown-up lead them into many comic ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Unseen (1945)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A secretive widower hires a governess for his children, a willful boy and impressionable girl. Strange occurrences and the governess's curiosity lead her to unlock the secrets of the mysterious and uninhabited brownstone next door.

Director: Lewis Allen
Stars: Joel McCrea, Gail Russell, Herbert Marshall
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

During the 1860s in the South Pacific, Capt. Ralls, skipper of the Red Witch, has a series of adventures involving sunken gold bullion, pearls, natives, an unscrupulous ship owner and a giant octopus.

Director: Edward Ludwig
Stars: John Wayne, Gail Russell, Gig Young
The Uninvited (1944)
Certificate: Passed Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A composer and his sister discover that the reason they are able to purchase a beautiful gothic seacoast mansion very cheaply is the house's unsavory past.

Director: Lewis Allen
Stars: Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Donald Crisp
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Ginger Rogers, "Allure" magazines editor-in-chief, suffers from headaches and continuos daydreams and undergoes psychoanalysis to determine why.

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Ginger Rogers, Ray Milland, Warner Baxter
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When phony stage mentalist Triton mysteriously acquires supernatural powers of precognition, he becomes frightened and abandons his act to live of anonymity.

Director: John Farrow
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Gail Russell, John Lund
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Quirt Evans, an all round bad guy, is nursed back to health and sought after by Penelope Worth, a Quaker girl. He eventually finds himself having to choose between his world and the world Penelope lives in.

Director: James Edward Grant
Stars: John Wayne, Gail Russell, Harry Carey
Desert Fury (1947)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The daughter of a Nevada casino owner gets involved with a racketeer, despite everyone's efforts to separate them.

Director: Lewis Allen
Stars: John Hodiak, Lizabeth Scott, Burt Lancaster
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Salty owes money to Doc Baxter; he and his pal Smitty have one month to pay up. They get a race horse and a disbarred jockey, Johnny Cates, who must fake his identity to race. Johnny and ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Alan Ladd, Gail Russell, William Demarest
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
...
Otis Skinner
...
Mrs. Skinner
...
Miss Horn
...
Avery Moore
Bill Edwards ...
Tom Newhall
...
Frances Smithers
...
Mrs. Lamberton
Edit

Storyline

In 1923, two young ladies depart unescorted for a tour of Europe, meeting two eligible men aboard ship. Their great naivity and efforts to seem grown-up lead them into many comic misadventures. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on book | See All (1) »

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

2 September 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Almas em Flor  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Cornelia Otis Skinner and Emily Kimbrough, on whose memoirs the film is based, worked on the script but were not credited. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Preston Sturges and 'The Miracle of Morgan's Creek' (2005) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Delightful, Sweet Comedy
23 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In the late 1920s Cornelia Otis Skinner and her friend Emily Kimborough decided to travel to England and France for a vacation. It was the first time they went abroad. Cornelia was the daughter of the notable stage star character actor Otis Skinner, and he agreed to their plans because he would be going to England with his wife shortly afterward and could meet them there and return with them. After the trip was over, the two friends wrote a book THERE HEARTS WERE YOUNG AND GAY about the trip. It became a best seller and was the basis for this 1944 film version.

It is a charming comic travelogue tale, bearing comparison to Jerome K. Jerome's THREE MEN IN A BOAT and ANITA LOOS' somewhat more cynical GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDS, except that this seems to be a true account (although Jerome's book has some elements of truth in it). We watch the two female Candides trying to prove themselves as capable of self-protection (and mutual protection) but not adverse to a little safe romance where they can.

But from the start things keep going awry for them. Nothing major, but all quite embarrassing. When Cornelia (Gail Russell) and Emily (Diana Lynn) are strolling the deck of the ocean liner taking in the cool evening air they pass wealthy, imperious, Alma Kruger. They happen to make a sharp turn while walking around Ms Kruger, and snag her loosely held pocketbook without Ms Kruger noticing. When they notice this they are in their cabin. Before they can return it safely, they hear that Ms Kruger is screaming about being robbed and wanting the thieves arrested. So they have one of their dilemmas: how to get the bag back to the old bat without getting arrested? It is like that (delightfully) throughout the story. When in a boarding house that is cheap but very old fashioned, they are told that if they want to get hot water they have to put a penny in the "Geyser" (pronounced "Geezer"). Naturally, when they see an elderly, crotchety gentleman near the washroom, they give him (the old geezer) a penny which he throws back at them.

Their misadventures follow them throughout the film, even involving their parents (Charlie Ruggles and - in a rare sound movie appearance - Dorothy Gish). Like many others they manage to get lost in the maze at Hampton Court, only managing to drag in Ruggles and Gish and others as well.

This was a nice film, too rarely seen on television (and not - apparently - on video or DVD). It also has it's period charms (the Skinners and Kimborough having dinner at a fancy restaurant, with Skinner/Ruggles ordering a bottle of Mumm's 1928 has a nice touch to it). I think that most of you would enjoy it.


10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Would like to have this movie in my collection graciebell1
Radio Hit Song from Our Hearts were young and gay 1944 smarchives
found it on a website socally626
Discuss Our Hearts Were Young and Gay (1944) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?