The Young in Heart (1938)

90 mins | Comedy-drama | 27 October 1938

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HISTORY

A news item in MPD on 14 Feb 1938 noted that producer David O. Selznick purchased the I. A. R. Wylie novel before its serialization in SEP from 26 Feb-26 Mar 1938. In the cast and character credits, which appear immediately before a brief, written prologue establishing the setting and theme, Dupree is listed first, followed by Goddard, Carlson and the supporting players. Gaynor, Fairbanks, Young, and Burke are listed separately, below the others, as "The Carleton Family." Opening credits, however, list Gaynor, Fairbanks and Goddard before the title. According to Var it was also the screen debut of theatrical actress Dupree. The picture was Life magazine's "Movie of the Week" on 14 Nov 1938 and was the subject of an illustrated article which mentioned that the "Flying Wombat" car in the film cost $12,000 to make. Modern sources state that the car, which was actually called the Phantom Corsair, was an experimental vehicle built by Rust Heinz of Pasadena, CA, with a body design by Maurice Schwatz. Although Heintz intended to manufacturer a limited number of the cars through the Bohman & Schwartz car design firm, also of Pasadena, production stopped shortly after Heinz's death the same year.
       The Life article also noted that there was widespread speculation that Goddard was presently married to Charles Chaplin and that she was also the current favorite to play Scarlett O'Hara in Selznick's production of Gone With the Wind (see above). Pre-production news items in FD and ^MPD noted that stage star Maude Adams had originally been sought for the ... More Less

A news item in MPD on 14 Feb 1938 noted that producer David O. Selznick purchased the I. A. R. Wylie novel before its serialization in SEP from 26 Feb-26 Mar 1938. In the cast and character credits, which appear immediately before a brief, written prologue establishing the setting and theme, Dupree is listed first, followed by Goddard, Carlson and the supporting players. Gaynor, Fairbanks, Young, and Burke are listed separately, below the others, as "The Carleton Family." Opening credits, however, list Gaynor, Fairbanks and Goddard before the title. According to Var it was also the screen debut of theatrical actress Dupree. The picture was Life magazine's "Movie of the Week" on 14 Nov 1938 and was the subject of an illustrated article which mentioned that the "Flying Wombat" car in the film cost $12,000 to make. Modern sources state that the car, which was actually called the Phantom Corsair, was an experimental vehicle built by Rust Heinz of Pasadena, CA, with a body design by Maurice Schwatz. Although Heintz intended to manufacturer a limited number of the cars through the Bohman & Schwartz car design firm, also of Pasadena, production stopped shortly after Heinz's death the same year.
       The Life article also noted that there was widespread speculation that Goddard was presently married to Charles Chaplin and that she was also the current favorite to play Scarlett O'Hara in Selznick's production of Gone With the Wind (see above). Pre-production news items in FD and ^MPD noted that stage star Maude Adams had originally been sought for the role of Miss Fortune by Selznick, who hoped to convince her to come out of her twenty-year retirement. Var , in its review mentioned that in the original Wylie story Miss Fortune dies, but when preview audiences responded unfavorably to that ending for the film, Selznick recalled his actors to shoot the released ending in which she lives and remains with the Carletons. According to FD , Alan Marshall was originally cast in the role of Duncan.
       The Young in Heart was Gaynor's last film before her retirement from pictures to marry noted costumer Gilbert Adrian. Although she did appear on television a few times in the 1950s and 1960s, her only other film appearance was in Twentieth Century-Fox's Bernadine , in 1957 (See Entry). The film also marked the first time that noted artist William Cameron Menzies received the onscreen credit "production designer." The picture was nominated for three Academy Awards: Best Music (Scoring), Best Music (Original Score) and Best Cinematography. Wylie's story was also the basis for a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast on 5 Feb 1940, starring Don Ameche, Ida Lupino and May Robson, and an NBC television drama, also called The Young in Heart , in 1951. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
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Box Office
12 Nov 1938.
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Daily Variety
1 Nov 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
10 Mar 38
p.3.
Film Daily
23 Apr 38
p. 5.
Film Daily
4 Nov 38
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Apr 38
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
9 May 38
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jun 38
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Jun 38
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Nov 38
p. 3
Life
14 Nov 38
pp. 54-55
Motion Picture Daily
14 Feb 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
27 May 38
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
4 Nov 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
5 Nov 38
p. 36.
Motion Picture Herald
16 Jul 38
p. 63.
New York Times
4 Nov 38
p. 27.
Variety
2 Nov 38
p. 15.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Gay Banditti by I. A. R. Wylie in The Saturday Evening Post (26 Feb-26 Mar 1938).
DETAILS
Release Date:
27 October 1938
Production Date:
2 May--26 June 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Selznick International Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
17 November 1938
Copyright Number:
LP8427
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
90
Length(in feet):
8,205
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4483
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Bogus Colonel Anthony Carleton, known to his wife and children as "Sahib" because he pretends to have served in India, heads a clan of high class con artists working on the French Riviera. While he cheats at cards, Marmy, his wife, helps their children, Richard and George-Anne, promote profitable marriages. After Sahib wins a large amount of money from Richard's prospective future father-in-law, Jennings, the Monte Carlo police expose Sahib and the now destitute family is is forced to take the boat train to London using tickets provided by the police. Although George-Anne is in love with her suitor, Duncan Macrea, she will not marry him because he is not rich enough, even when he tells her that he does not care what her past has been. On the train, George-Anne meets Miss Ellen Fortune, a kind but lonely spinster who, in her old age, inherited a lot of money from a man who was once her fiance. Miss Ellen invites them into her first class compartment, buys them dinner, and then, after they care for her during a train wreck, she asks them to stay with her in London. Because they are desperate, they decide to stay and, to convince her suspicious lawyer, Felix Ansthruther, that they are not what they actually are, go to work. Richard becomes a mail clerk in an engineering firm and Sahib becomes a salesman for the Flying Wombat motor car. Soon Miss Ellen's sweet nature begins to change all of them. Richard and Sahib are successful at their jobs and George-Anne begins to feel guilty about their plan, certain that the others are still only ... +


Bogus Colonel Anthony Carleton, known to his wife and children as "Sahib" because he pretends to have served in India, heads a clan of high class con artists working on the French Riviera. While he cheats at cards, Marmy, his wife, helps their children, Richard and George-Anne, promote profitable marriages. After Sahib wins a large amount of money from Richard's prospective future father-in-law, Jennings, the Monte Carlo police expose Sahib and the now destitute family is is forced to take the boat train to London using tickets provided by the police. Although George-Anne is in love with her suitor, Duncan Macrea, she will not marry him because he is not rich enough, even when he tells her that he does not care what her past has been. On the train, George-Anne meets Miss Ellen Fortune, a kind but lonely spinster who, in her old age, inherited a lot of money from a man who was once her fiance. Miss Ellen invites them into her first class compartment, buys them dinner, and then, after they care for her during a train wreck, she asks them to stay with her in London. Because they are desperate, they decide to stay and, to convince her suspicious lawyer, Felix Ansthruther, that they are not what they actually are, go to work. Richard becomes a mail clerk in an engineering firm and Sahib becomes a salesman for the Flying Wombat motor car. Soon Miss Ellen's sweet nature begins to change all of them. Richard and Sahib are successful at their jobs and George-Anne begins to feel guilty about their plan, certain that the others are still only after the money. When Miss Ellen collapses on her birthday and they learn that she has changed her will in their favor, they not only do not care about the money any longer, but offer to support her themselves when Mr. Anstruther says that her fortune has eroded to nothing. Finally changed, Richard marries Leslie Saunders, his boss, George-Anne marries Duncan, Sahib becomes the London sales manager for the Flying Wombat and Ellen comes to live with them in a country cottage. +

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