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The Age of Innocence (1934)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 14 September 1934 (USA)
An engaged attorney and a divorcee fall for each other in 1870s Manhattan.


Philip Moeller


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


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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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Drama | Romance







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Release Date:

14 September 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La edad de la inocencia See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (R C A Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to a contemporary news item in Film Daily, Katharine Hepburn was considered for the role of Ellen. See more »


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 »


Newland Archer: We're so busy protecting women's honors, that we don't care what becomes of the women!
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References All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) See more »


None But the Lonely Heart
(1869) (uncredited)
Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Played during the opening credits and often as background music
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Grandpa sowed his wild oats or tried
5 March 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Young Kane Richmond is coming to his grandfather John Boles for advice about women. He's looking to marry a divorcee and the family is just buzzing. Except for Grandpa and Richmond suspects something.

His suspicions prove correct as John Boles proceeds to tell him about his romantic youth in the Gilded Age when he passed up Irene Dunne who is in fact his sister-in-law. Neither of the two were ready to defy very strict conventions of the time that still held firm in some respects when this film was released. Divorce was a big no-no

Both the leads did well though I really couldn't see Lionel Atwill as anyone's romantic rival. Helen Westley as the grandmother came off best in the supporting cast.

Taken from an Edith Wharton novel the play by Margaret Ayer Barnes ran 207 performances on Broadway and starred the legendary Katherine Cornell. Now that I would have liked to see.

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