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According to a production directory in the 20 Apr 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for Diversion (the working title of The Careless Age), was 26 Mar ... More Less

According to a production directory in the 20 Apr 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for Diversion (the working title of The Careless Age), was 26 Mar 1929. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald-World
20 Apr 1929
p. 50.
Film Daily
13 Oct 1929.
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New York Times
21 Sep 1929
p. 17.
Variety
25 Sep 1929
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Diversion by John Van Druten (Rochester, 27 Aug 1927
New York, 1 Jan 1928).
SONGS
"Melody Divine" and "Say It with a Solitaire," words by Herman Ruby, music by Norman Spencer.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Diversion
Release Date:
15 September 1929
Production Date:
began 26 March 1929
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
21 September 1929
Copyright Number:
LP714
Physical Properties:
Sound
Vitaphone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si, 13 Oct 1929; 6,428 ft.
Duration(in mins):
65
Length(in feet):
6,308
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Sir John Hayward, a noted surgeon, decides that his son Wyn, a medical student, needs a vacation as a temporary diversion from his studies. At Como, Wyn meets and falls in love with Rayetta Muir, an unprincipled actress who trifles with him. In London, Rayetta avoids seeing Wyn, ready to forget him. Wyn is crazed when he learns that Rayetta is intimate with both Lord Durhugh, an old roué, and Le Grand, a French boxer; and in a rage he chokes Rayetta and leaves her for dead. He then confesses to his father that he has killed her. Preparing to take the blame, Sir John, accompanied by Wyn, goes to Rayetta's apartment to find that she did not die after ... +


Sir John Hayward, a noted surgeon, decides that his son Wyn, a medical student, needs a vacation as a temporary diversion from his studies. At Como, Wyn meets and falls in love with Rayetta Muir, an unprincipled actress who trifles with him. In London, Rayetta avoids seeing Wyn, ready to forget him. Wyn is crazed when he learns that Rayetta is intimate with both Lord Durhugh, an old roué, and Le Grand, a French boxer; and in a rage he chokes Rayetta and leaves her for dead. He then confesses to his father that he has killed her. Preparing to take the blame, Sir John, accompanied by Wyn, goes to Rayetta's apartment to find that she did not die after all. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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