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The Age of Innocence (1934)

An engaged attorney and a divorcee fall for each other in 1870s Manhattan.

Director:

Philip Moeller

Writers:

Sarah Y. Mason (screen play), Victor Heerman (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Irene Dunne ... Ellen
John Boles ... Newland Archer
Lionel Atwill ... Julius Beaufort
Helen Westley ... Granny Mingott
Laura Hope Crews ... Mrs. Welland
Julie Haydon ... May Welland
Barry O'Moore ... Mr. Welland (as Herbert Yost)
Theresa Maxwell Conover ... Mrs. Archer
Edith Van Cleve Edith Van Cleve ... Jane Archer
Leonard Carey ... The Butler
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Storyline

Dallas Archer, a young man who comes from a New York family of means, is in love with a married woman, Mrs. Armstrong, who is contemplating divorce due to no longer loving her own husband. Members of his family know about the affair and have openly stated their displeasure in Dallas' behavior except for his grandfather, Newland Archer. Dallas expects that his grandfather's silence has something to do with an issue from his own past. As such, Dallas asks him for the truth as opposed to the rumors about that issue. That issue, which happened when Newland was around Dallas' age, was his engagement to May Welland, but he who ended up falling in love with May's married first cousin, Ellen, the Countess Olenska, upon her return to New York from Europe as she contemplated divorcing the Count for no longer loving him, love which she wanted in her life regardless of the scandal of divorce. Ellen ended up finding that love with Newland. In asking his grandfather, Dallas has an ulterior motive ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

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English | Spanish | French | Italian

Release Date:

14 September 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La edad de la inocencia See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (R C A Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production starred Katharine Cornell as Ellen Olenska, and Franchot Tone as Newland Archer. See more »

Goofs

When Dallas and Newland are seen getting into the limousine, Newland is sitting on the far side and Dallas on the near side. Also Dallas is carrying his coat in his right arm. In the next shot when they are seen just seated, Newland is on the near side and Dallas on the far side. Also Dallas is carrying the coat on his left arm. See more »

Quotes

Ellen: I want my freedom, Newland. I can't - pretend.
Newland Archer: Pretend?
Ellen: Yes. That I'm like the other women over here. They never seem to feel any - need.
Newland Archer: Need?
Ellen: Yes, don't you see? I'm not mincing words. You mustn't expect me to. I'm one of those women - who must have love. Who must be loved. You don't think I'm horrible to say these things, do you?
Newland Archer: No. I think you're the only honest woman I've ever known.
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Connections

References Mädchen in Uniform (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1842) (uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played at the wedding
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adaptation of Edith Wharton novel
18 October 2015 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

This "Age of Innocence" from 1934, of course, cannot even approach the sumptuous beauty.amazing acting, and rich story-telling of the Martin Scorsese "Age of Innocence" from 1993 starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, and Michelle Pfeiffer.

The 1934 movie stars Irene Dunne as Ellen, John Boles as Newland, and Julie Haydon as May.

The story is told in flashback by the elderly Newland. As a young attorney in the late 1800s, he was engaged to May when her cousin Ellen came to visit from Europe. She plans to divorce her husband and is a social outcast, as these things were never done. Newland and Ellen fall in love. Do they defy convention and marry? Or does Newland marry May as promised?

Irene Dunne is lovely as Ellen. She was an actress who could do comedy and drama. John Boles was a huge star and not a tremendous actor. That kind of look was considered attractive way back when; today it has gone out of style.

There are good performances, but there is no way to watch this film after seeing the Scorsese film. It is studio-made, looks dull, and is dull. This is a story with a great deal of depth that seems untouched here -- lots going on underneath all the gentility, the trap of conventions -- here told as an ordinary story.

Helen Westley is wonderful as the cousins' grandmother, as is Laura Hope Crews as Dunne's aunt and May's mother. Lionel Atwill is also on hand as a married man who is a friend of Dunne's, an unacceptable situation.

The novel was also adapted into a play, on Broadway starring Katherine Cornell as Ellen and Franchot Tone as Newland.

If you haven't seen the stunning Scorsese film, see it.


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