The Age of Consent (1932)

80 mins | Drama | 19 August 1932

Director:

Gregory La Cava

Cinematographer:

J. Roy Hunt

Editor:

Jack Kitchin

Production Designer:

Carroll Clark

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Crossroads and Fraternity House . Dorothy Wilson, who, according to MPH , was "discovered" while working as a stenographer at RKO, made her screen debut in this film. Richard Cromwell was borrowed from Columbia. H. N. Swanson, who is billed as the film's technical advisor, was a former editor of College Humor . The Var review also credits Swanson with writing the film's treatment. In a letter to David Selznick, Jason S. Joy, Director of Public and Studio Relations of the AMPP, recommended a number of changes and deletions in order to assure the film's censorship approval. One strongly advised alteration was the deletion of the word "damn" in the dialogue. While Joy's more emphatic suggestions apparently were taken, several questionable lines and sexual moments were left in the final film. Although it can be inferred from watching the film that Dora and Mike actually have sex, it is also possible that Dora's father pressures them to marry because he mistakenly believes that they had a sexual encounter. According to modern sources, Betty Grable was a cast ... More Less

The working titles of this film were Crossroads and Fraternity House . Dorothy Wilson, who, according to MPH , was "discovered" while working as a stenographer at RKO, made her screen debut in this film. Richard Cromwell was borrowed from Columbia. H. N. Swanson, who is billed as the film's technical advisor, was a former editor of College Humor . The Var review also credits Swanson with writing the film's treatment. In a letter to David Selznick, Jason S. Joy, Director of Public and Studio Relations of the AMPP, recommended a number of changes and deletions in order to assure the film's censorship approval. One strongly advised alteration was the deletion of the word "damn" in the dialogue. While Joy's more emphatic suggestions apparently were taken, several questionable lines and sexual moments were left in the final film. Although it can be inferred from watching the film that Dora and Mike actually have sex, it is also possible that Dora's father pressures them to marry because he mistakenly believes that they had a sexual encounter. According to modern sources, Betty Grable was a cast member. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
25 Jun 32
p. 6.
Film Daily
16 Jul 32
p. 6.
Film Daily
25 Aug 32
p. 8.
International Photographer
Aug 32
p. 30.
Motion Picture Herald
30 Jul 32
pp. 31-32.
New York Times
3 Sep 32
p. 16.
Variety
6 Sep 32
p. 21.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Cam op
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
Still photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Cross Roads by Martin Flavin (New York, 11 Nov 1929).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Fraternity House
Crossroads
Release Date:
19 August 1932
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
12 August 1932
Copyright Number:
LP3230
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
80
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

After his girl friend, Betty Cameron, makes a date to go driving with the campus playboy, Duke Galloway, sophomore Michael Harvey heads for Tolers, the college cafe, where pretty waitress Dora Swale comforts his bruised ego. When Mike finds Betty with Duke outside of the cafe, he angrily confronts her, not realizing that she had come to call off the date. Hurt by his insinuations, Betty chases after Mike and forces an apology out of him in the men's bathroom. Confident now that they love each other, Mike and Betty become engaged. Mike, not wanting to wait two years for his graduation, contemplates leaving school to marry immediately but, at a school dance, is counseled by David Mathews, his biology professor, to finish college, advice that is endorsed by Betty. With his sexual frustrations mounting, Mike heads for Tolers, while Betty seeks out her own confidante, Barbara, David's former fiancée. Dora, sensing Mike's longing, invites him to her house, where he drunkenly makes love to her. Caught later by Dora's father, Mike is charged with seducing a minor and is forced by Mr. Swale to agree to marry Dora. After tearfully breaking the news to Betty, who has since changed her mind about waiting to marry, Mike returns to the Swales with David. Before the judge arrives, David receives a phone call informing him that Duke and Betty have been in a serious car accident. At the hospital, Dora witnesses Duke's death and, seeing the love between Mike and Betty, announces to her father that she has no intention of marrying. With the blessing of David and Barbara, ... +


After his girl friend, Betty Cameron, makes a date to go driving with the campus playboy, Duke Galloway, sophomore Michael Harvey heads for Tolers, the college cafe, where pretty waitress Dora Swale comforts his bruised ego. When Mike finds Betty with Duke outside of the cafe, he angrily confronts her, not realizing that she had come to call off the date. Hurt by his insinuations, Betty chases after Mike and forces an apology out of him in the men's bathroom. Confident now that they love each other, Mike and Betty become engaged. Mike, not wanting to wait two years for his graduation, contemplates leaving school to marry immediately but, at a school dance, is counseled by David Mathews, his biology professor, to finish college, advice that is endorsed by Betty. With his sexual frustrations mounting, Mike heads for Tolers, while Betty seeks out her own confidante, Barbara, David's former fiancée. Dora, sensing Mike's longing, invites him to her house, where he drunkenly makes love to her. Caught later by Dora's father, Mike is charged with seducing a minor and is forced by Mr. Swale to agree to marry Dora. After tearfully breaking the news to Betty, who has since changed her mind about waiting to marry, Mike returns to the Swales with David. Before the judge arrives, David receives a phone call informing him that Duke and Betty have been in a serious car accident. At the hospital, Dora witnesses Duke's death and, seeing the love between Mike and Betty, announces to her father that she has no intention of marrying. With the blessing of David and Barbara, Mike and Betty wed and head for California. +

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