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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.

Director:

Gregory La Cava (as Gregory Lacava)

Writers:

Martin Flavin (play), Sarah Y. Mason (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Wilson ... Betty Cameron
Arline Judge ... Dora Swale
Richard Cromwell ... Michael 'Mike' Harvey
Eric Linden ... Duke Galloway
John Halliday ... Prof. David Mathews
Aileen Pringle ... Barbara
Reginald Barlow Reginald Barlow ... Mr. Swale - Dora's father
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College co-eds learn to handle the responsibilities of romance.

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This is 1932 Love is being played under the new rules! (Print Ad- Milwaukee Journal, ((Milwaukee, Wisc.)) 20 August 1932) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crossroads See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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

Quotes

Michael 'Mike' Harvey: You're a good-lookin' girl.
Dora Swale: Ya think so?
Michael 'Mike' Harvey: You're bright...
Dora Swale: Oh, I get it. Bein' bright don't getcha nowhere--just lookin' dumb. When I first got this job, I usta go home nights and study grammar. I thought it might help me if I talked better. But after goin' out with a couple of these apes around here, I threw the grammar out the window and went in for self-defense.
Michael 'Mike' Harvey: Well, after all creation didn't stop when they made THESE gorillas. You oughta know some nice fellas that...
Dora Swale: Sure, you mean in my ...
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Soundtracks

Paradise
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Gordon Clifford
Played at the dance and danced by Dorothy Wilson and Eric Linden and other couples
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Oh how things change, and how they stay the same
21 November 2009 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

This little precode film deals with the unfortunate fact that hormonal activity peaks at the same time in life that critical decisions must be made. In this case we have a couple half-way through college - Betty and Mike - that are starting to suffer certain "urges". Mike wants to get married, but Betty thinks that if Mike drops out of college to marry her, he'll regret it someday and she wants them to wait. In the meantime, popular coed Duke Galloway sees an opportunity in this romantic intermission and starts to put the moves on Betty.

All of this angst leads Mike to drink heavily one night and fall for the charms of local waitress Dora Swale. Dora is OK with the fact that this is a one night stand, but just as Mike is getting ready to leave her house, Dora's dad appears, and he is not at all happy about the situation.

If this seems very frank and daring for 1932, it is. There are no big name stars in this film. The biggest name is John Halliday as Professor David Matthews who acts as a father figure to Mike, even though he is given to handing out confusing advice. He and Barbara act as an analog for the possible future Mike and Betty - they were in love and waited to finish their education. After graduation they found that there was nothing to pick up where they had left off, and are now heading into middle age alone. The best lines go to Arline Judge as Dora. She doesn't look like her, but Arline's voice, her movements, and definitely her attitude are precode Stanwyck.

I've already mentioned how things stay the same - the hormonal challenges of late adolescence/early adulthood. How things have changed is the lesson this film seems to teach - that college is optional and even a possible obstacle in seeking true happiness, and maybe it was in 1932 when people married earlier and needed less skill to make a living wage. Today, however, it is an essential rite of passage to a middle class lifestyle, and even then there are no guarantees.


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