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The Young in Heart

The Young in Heart
Australian theatrical release poster
Directed by Richard Wallace
Produced by David O. Selznick
Written by Charles Bennett (adaptation)
Screenplay by Paul Osborn
Based on The Young in Heart 
by I. A. R. Wylie
Starring
Music by Franz Waxman
Cinematography Leon Shamroy
Edited by Hal C. Kern
Production
company
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • November 3, 1938 (1938-11-03) (USA)
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Young in Heart is a 1938 American comedy film produced by David O. Selznick, directed by Richard Wallace, and starring Janet Gaynor, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Paulette Goddard, Roland Young, and Billie Burke. The screenplay by Paul Osborn was adapted by Charles Bennett from the novel The Young in Heart by I. A. R. Wylie. The music score by Franz Waxman received two Academy Award nominations, for Best Music, Original Score and Best Music, Scoring. Leon Shamroy's cinematography was also nominated.[1]

Plot

A family of con artists led by Colonel Anthony "Sahib" Carleton (Richard Carlson), whom she dismisses when she learns that he is not rich. And while Richard puts the moves on wealthy Adele Jennings, Sahib cheats her father out of a large sum of money in a card game. When the local police confirm the true identities of the Carleton family, they provide them with complimentary train tickets to London and order them to leave the country.

On the train, George-Anne meets a lonely old spinster named Miss Ellen Fortune (Paulette Goddard) who is attracted to him, despite his flawed character. Soon he plans to take night courses in engineering to improve his life. Gradually the two men begin to find the value of honest work and start to feel guilty about taking advantage of Miss Ellen. George-Anne and Marmy have also changed and honestly care about the old woman, but all four believe the others are still only after the inheritance.

Miss Ellen eventually learns about the Carltons' background from her attorney, but she reacts with compassion—sorry that they would feel it necessary to live dishonest lives. Rather than confront them with her knowledge, she arranges for a white tie dinner party and quietly instructs her attorney to draw up her will and leave everything to the Carltons. At the party, Miss Ellen collapses, and the family are legitimately concerned for the health of this woman who has changed all of their lives. When they are told by the attorney that Miss Ellen's fortune has eroded in recent years and that they stand to inherit nothing—not even the mansion—Sahib assures the attorney that they will take care of her in their own home.

Sometime later, a recovered Miss Ellen joyfully drives her Flying Wombat car to the Carltons' modest but comfortable cottage, where she now lives with Sahib, Marmy, George-Anne and Duncan, who are now married, and Richard and Leslie, who are also married.

Cast

Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Paulette Goddard, David O. Selznick (producer), and Richard Wallace (director)

Production

Casting

The Broadway stars Maude Adams and Laurette Taylor originally screen tested for the part of Miss Fortune, which eventually went to Minnie Dupree. The screen tests of Adams and Taylor, made by David Selznick, survive and are the only audio-visual record of the actresses (although Taylor did star in a couple of silent films). Taylor's screen test can be seen on the DVD of Broadway: The Golden Age.

This was Gaynor's final film role before retiring while at her height (though she did make one more movie, 1957's Bernardine).

Reception

The film lost $517,000 at the box office.[2]

References

  1. ^ a b "The Young in Heart (1938)". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved May 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ Thomson, David (1992). Showman: The Life of David O. Selznick. New York: Knopf. p. 268.  

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