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That Certain Age (1938)

A teenage girl clashes with her newspaper publisher father's star reporter while he stays in their country guest house, but soon finds herself falling in love with him.


Edward Ludwig


Bruce Manning (screenplay), F. Hugh Herbert (original story)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Deanna Durbin ... Alice Fullerton
Melvyn Douglas ... Vincent Bullitt
Jackie Cooper ... Kenneth 'Ken' Warren
Irene Rich ... Dorothy Fullerton
Nancy Carroll ... Grace Bristow
John Halliday ... Gilbert Fullerton
Jackie Searl ... Tony (as Jack Searl)
Juanita Quigley ... The Pest
Charles Coleman ... Stevens
Peggy Stewart ... Mary Lee
Grant Mitchell ... Jeweler
Claire Du Brey ... Horsewoman
Helen Grayco Helen Grayco ... Girl
Buddy Pepper Buddy Pepper ... Friend
Vondell Darr Vondell Darr ... Friend


Dashing reporter Vincent Bullit has just returned from covering the Spanish Civil War. His boss, newspaper magnate Fullerton, has more plans to send him off to China. However, first Fullerton invites Bullit to the peace and quiet of his own home to write a series of European affair articles. When Fullerton's adolescent daughter Alice develops a crush on Bullit, her suitor, boyscout Ken Warren, doesn't seem to stand a chance. Mr. and Mrs. Fullerton, Ken Warren, and even Vincent Bullit himself do their best to sway young Alice's feelings away from the older man. It's a difficult task though, as she is at 'that certain age.' Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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puberty | puppy love | See All (2) »


Comedy | Musical


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Did You Know?


That Certain Age was 12th in the list of top US box office grossing movies of 1938 See more »


In some scenes where Alice writes a diary, she writes in the right side in long shots, but in the left side in close-ups. See more »


Referenced in Holiday in Mexico (1946) See more »


Be a Good Scout
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Harold Adamson
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She's Got A Crush On An Older Man
16 May 2018 | by strong-122-478885See all my reviews

What I liked about this 1938 Comedy/Romance/Musical was - (1) The scenes where it was the teens who were the focus of the action. (I wish there had been more of these scenes) - and - (2) The moments when the 17-year-old Deanna Durbin thrilled us all, singing away like a trilling sparrow. Durbin sang a total of 5 songs in this film.

What I didn't like about this light-weight cinematic fluff was all of the emphasis placed on the boring, silly, and predictable crush that Durbin's character (Alice) had on the Vincent Bullitt character, who happened to be twice her age and he was the dullest dullard imaginable.

All-in-all - This was a fairly entertaining vintage "Chick Flick".

By the way - Deanna Durbin's real name was Edna Mae Durbin and she was originally from (are you ready for this?) Winnipeg, Manitoba.

*Note* - In 2013 - Deanna Durbin (91 at the time) died of natural causes.

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Release Date:

7 October 1938 (USA) See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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