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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.

Directors:

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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here comes the CARLETON FAMILY See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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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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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 »

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Marmy Carleton: The sahib doesn't believe in unemployment.
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Marmy Carleton: He thinks it should all be done away with.
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Marmy Carleton: He says the only way to do away with unemployment is to do away with employment. If nobody worked, there couldn't be any unemployment, and so the sahib hasn't done a speck of work in four years.
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Misfortune vs. Miss Fortune...all hearts melt
20 November 2008 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

I.A.R. Wylie's serialized story "The Gay Banditti" becomes a heart-warming sentimental-comedy from producer David O. Selznick. A family of con-artists on the Riviera, about to bilk a former Senator out of some three million dollars, are asked to leave the country by the authorities; they're penniless, but luckily they meet a kindly old lady on the train to London and are asked to stay as guests at her mansion. The screenplay curdles with cuteness now and then (and certainly that unmemorable title hasn't enhanced the film's reputation), yet an enjoyable time is had by all. The first-rate cast (headed by Janet Gaynor as the "rotter" daughter) works the material fabulously, and there's a sweetheart of an automobile (the Flying Wombat). Also, a butler who adores Dominoes, a suspicious lawyer, a sharp working girl (Paulette Goddard, naturally stunning), and some satiric laughs while gently poking fun at the working class. *** from ****


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