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The Young in Heart (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 6 July 1938 (USA)
Thrown out of the Riviera, a family of grifters meets a lonely, vulnerable rich old woman and insinuate themselves into her life while they sponge off her.

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Richard Wallace, Lewis Milestone (uncredited) | 2 more credits »

Writers:

Paul Osborn (screenplay), I.A.R. Wylie (from the novel by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janet Gaynor ... George-Anne Carleton
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Richard Carleton
Roland Young ... 'Sahib' Carleton
Billie Burke ... Marmy Carleton
Minnie Dupree Minnie Dupree ... Miss Fortune
Paulette Goddard ... Leslie Saunders
Richard Carlson ... Duncan Macrae
Henry Stephenson ... Mr. Anstruther
Lawrence Grant ... Mr. Hutchins
Walter Kingsford ... Inspector
Eily Malyon ... Sarah
Tom Ricketts ... Andrew
Irvin S. Cobb ... Mr. Jennings
Lucile Watson ... Mrs. Jennings
Margaret Early ... Adela Jennings
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Storyline

The Carletons make a living as card sharps and finding new suckers to mooch off of. When their latest scam backfires, they are asked to leave Monte Carlo. At the train station, they meet a kind old woman named Miss Fortune. The elderly lady is very wealthy and very lonely. As a reward for saving her life after the train derails, Miss Fortune invites the Carletons to come live with her. The family hopes that by winning her affection, they can eventually be named sole beneficiaries in her will. But will a change of heart soften their mercenary feelings before that time comes? Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Taglines:

meet...THE CARLETON FAMILY...CHARMING TO MEET...EXPENSIVE TO KNOW! (all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Familija Hohštapler See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, West Virginia, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The check Col. Carleton receives from Albert Jennings in the amount of $4,520 would be the equivalent of over $77,000 in 2016. See more »

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When Leslie is sitting on the desk asking Richard what book he's reading, a shadow of the boom microphone moves back and forth on the muraled wall behind them. See more »

Quotes

'Sahib' Carleton: Are you sure you're not hurt, my dear?
Marmy Carleton: I don't think so, Sahib. I don't know how you're supposed to feel after a train wreck.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Janet Gaynor (1962) See more »

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Algy the Piccadilly Johnny With The Little Glass Eye
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Written by Harry B. Norris
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A Delightful Treat
5 December 2007 | by ferbs54See all my reviews

What a delightful treat this little movie turned out to be! Not daffy enough to be considered a screwball yet too amusing to be regarded as anything but a comedy, "The Young In Heart" (1938) shows us what happens when an entire nuclear family of con artists finally gains a conscience, while living with a sweet, rich old lady who they are trying to bilk. And what a bunch of performers have been collected to portray that family! Roland "Topper" Young (in heart) plays the father, Sahib; everyone's favorite twittery witch, Billie Burke, is the mom; Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. is the son; and Janet Gaynor, here in her last role before her comeback 20 years later (in "Bernardine"), plays the daughter. All give delicious comedic performances, and are ably abetted by former stage actress Minnie Dupree, excellent and understated as the little old lady, and Paulette Goddard, who Dougy is trying to woo. This is a David Selznick picture--it came between the previous year's "A Star Is Born" and the following year's "GWTW"--and is yet another class production for the legendary showman. But the real operative word for this film is "charm," which it exudes more than any other single ingredient. And my goodness, just how pretty is Janet Gaynor here, right before her retirement? Well, she makes even the yummy-looking Paulette Goddard look second best, and that should tell you something! Anyway, all in all, this picture is a real joy, and the crisp-looking DVD offered here only adds to the pleasure.


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