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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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Details

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

At the beginning of the film, a newspaper blurb describes Col. Carleton as a "Pukka Sahib". That is a British slang term - taken from the Hindi language - to refer mainly to British colonial administrators who were supposedly the ideal of the refined, aloof, and gentlemanly upper middle class types who populated such posts. See more »

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Duncan Macrae's (Richard Carlson) "Scottish" accent is highly dubious and inconsistent throughout the film. See more »

Quotes

Leslie Saunders: Well, what can you do besides look rather too good-looking?
Richard Carleton: Well, I... I'm, a champion swimmer, rattling good game of tennis, fair golf, and I rumba like the angel Gabriel.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Janet Gaynor (1962) See more »

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The Blue Danube
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Music by Johann Strauss
Arranged by Franz Waxman
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Delightful Warm Comedy/Drama
4 November 1999 | by guil12See all my reviews

Made in 1938, and starring Janet Gaynor and Douglas Fairbanks Jr, THE YOUNG IN HEART also introduced two newcomers, notably Paulette Goddard and Richard Carlson. It also featured Bille Burke and Roland Young. The story is about a clever family of spongers who latch onto an older rich lady who lives alone and is need of companions. Their intentions are to make her like them, which she does, and eventually get her to leave everything to them in her will.

Along the way, to impress her doubting attorney, Young and Fairbanks go out to find a job, something they have never done in their entire lives. Fairbanks runs into Goddard, as he applies for a job, and is smitten (who wouldn't be), and Young learns his trade as a car salesman very well, beginning to take pride in his endeavors.

This is a lovely film with performances simply stated. It was produced by David Selznick and directed by Richard Wallace. Selznick was, at the time this picture was being filmed, looking for a cast for his up and coming production of GONE WITH THE WIND. A bit of trivia: Paulette Goddard was the first choice for Scarlett O'Hara beating out other outstanding stars trying for the coveted role. That is until Vivien Leigh came along. Leigh got the role Goddard was after. Leigh auditioned for the role in THE YOUNG IN HEART that Goddard got.


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