Are These Our Children (1931)

75 or 83 mins | Drama | 14 November 1931

Director:

Wesley Ruggles

Producer:

William LeBaron

Cinematographer:

Leo Tover

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
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HISTORY

Eric Linden made his screen debut in this film. Artist Frederic Madan did artwork for the film's advertisements, which billed Rochelle Hudson and Mary Kornman as the "pick of the Wampas Babes," a distinction that was awarded annually from 1922 to 1934 to promising starlets by the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers. A FD news item adds Harry Hellingsworth and Bradley Knoche to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. In 1937, RKO applied for a certificate from the Association of Motion Picture Producers so that they could re-issue the film but was told that because the "picture caused a great deal of unfavorable reaction when first released, by reason of its detailed portrayal of the wild life among high school students," it would "seem to violate the Code provisions" and therefore be ineligible for ... More Less

Eric Linden made his screen debut in this film. Artist Frederic Madan did artwork for the film's advertisements, which billed Rochelle Hudson and Mary Kornman as the "pick of the Wampas Babes," a distinction that was awarded annually from 1922 to 1934 to promising starlets by the Western Association of Motion Picture Advertisers. A FD news item adds Harry Hellingsworth and Bradley Knoche to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. In 1937, RKO applied for a certificate from the Association of Motion Picture Producers so that they could re-issue the film but was told that because the "picture caused a great deal of unfavorable reaction when first released, by reason of its detailed portrayal of the wild life among high school students," it would "seem to violate the Code provisions" and therefore be ineligible for approval. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
19 Aug 31
p. 11.
Film Daily
15 Nov 31
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Oct 31
p. 3.
International Photographer
Nov 31
p. 31.
Motion Picture Herald
17 Oct 31
p. 38.
Motion Picture Herald
17 Nov 31
pp. 32-33.
New York Times
14 Nov 31
p. 15.
Variety
17 Nov 31
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Adpt and dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
2d cam
2d cam
Asst cam
Asst cam
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Scenery
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Photog eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Still photog
Still photog
DETAILS
Release Date:
14 November 1931
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 13 November 1931
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, inc.
Copyright Date:
2 November 1931
Copyright Number:
LP2598
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
75 or 83
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

After New York high school student Eddie Brand loses an oratory contest on the Constitution, he becomes despondent and deserts his faithful girl friend Mary to pursue a relationship with Flo Carnes and her rowdy, heavy-drinking group of friends. Ignoring his grandmother's pleas that he slow down, Eddie stays out late with Flo, Maybelle, Agnes, Nick Crosby and Bennie Gray, drinking gin in jazz clubs and dance halls and then robbing strangers at gunpoint. After dropping out of school, Eddie goes from one job to another, growing more and more cocky and dependent on alcohol. One night, while driving around New York in a taxi with Flo and her crowd, Eddie, desperate for liquor, makes the cab driver stop near a Jamaica delicatessen, which is owned by old family friend Heinrich "Heinie" Krantz. In the shop, Eddie demands that Heinie supply him with a "bottle," but Heinie, distressed by Eddie's drunken condition, refuses. Dazed by alcohol, Eddie then shoots and kills Heinie in front of Nick and Bennie. Although they have sworn themselves to secrecy, Nick and Bennie feel the pressure of guilt, and after they are all arrested for the murder, Nick blurts out the truth on the witness stand as an over-confident Eddie questions him. Eddie receives the death penalty, while Nick and Bennie are sentenced to life imprisonment. Before his execution, a remorseful, frightened Eddie talks with Mary and his family about the folly of his life and the path he chose to ... +


After New York high school student Eddie Brand loses an oratory contest on the Constitution, he becomes despondent and deserts his faithful girl friend Mary to pursue a relationship with Flo Carnes and her rowdy, heavy-drinking group of friends. Ignoring his grandmother's pleas that he slow down, Eddie stays out late with Flo, Maybelle, Agnes, Nick Crosby and Bennie Gray, drinking gin in jazz clubs and dance halls and then robbing strangers at gunpoint. After dropping out of school, Eddie goes from one job to another, growing more and more cocky and dependent on alcohol. One night, while driving around New York in a taxi with Flo and her crowd, Eddie, desperate for liquor, makes the cab driver stop near a Jamaica delicatessen, which is owned by old family friend Heinrich "Heinie" Krantz. In the shop, Eddie demands that Heinie supply him with a "bottle," but Heinie, distressed by Eddie's drunken condition, refuses. Dazed by alcohol, Eddie then shoots and kills Heinie in front of Nick and Bennie. Although they have sworn themselves to secrecy, Nick and Bennie feel the pressure of guilt, and after they are all arrested for the murder, Nick blurts out the truth on the witness stand as an over-confident Eddie questions him. Eddie receives the death penalty, while Nick and Bennie are sentenced to life imprisonment. Before his execution, a remorseful, frightened Eddie talks with Mary and his family about the folly of his life and the path he chose to walk. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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