This Modern Age

This Modern Age

Director: Nick Grinde

Cast: Joan Crawford, Pauline Frederick, Neil Hamilton

     
 

With a blonde wigged Joan Crawford offering one of her more high-handed performances, and veteran silent star Pauline Frederick doing her best to keep up, audiences are in for MGM soap-opera at its 1931 zenith. Reunited with her long-lost mother in Paris, Crawford fails to realize that the loving and dignified woman is actually kept by a Parisian roué Albert Conti.…  See more details below

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With a blonde wigged Joan Crawford offering one of her more high-handed performances, and veteran silent star Pauline Frederick doing her best to keep up, audiences are in for MGM soap-opera at its 1931 zenith. Reunited with her long-lost mother in Paris, Crawford fails to realize that the loving and dignified woman is actually kept by a Parisian roué Albert Conti. Although she briefly falls in with a fast crowd, headed by the alcoholic Monroe Owsley, Crawford, a good girl at heart, falls in love with visiting Harvard graduate Neil Hamilton, and he with her. But Hamilton's stern, puritanical parents (Hobart Bosworth and Emma Dunn) frown upon Crawford's Parisian friends, who rudely spoil a dignified but deadly dull evening of superficial conversation and bridge. When a disgusted Hamilton informs his upcoming bride about her mother's true metier, Crawford is at first disbelieving and then huffily breaks the engagement. A penitent Frederick agrees to leave her life as a kept woman, but when she realizes that her daughter still carries a torch for the stuffy Hamilton, she pretends to willingly return to Conti. Denouncing her mother, Crawford goes on a tryst with Owsley, but is returned by Hamilton, who reunites her with the self-sacrificing Miss Frederick.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2010
UPC:
0883316242360
Original Release:
1931
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:08:00
Sales rank:
55,640

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Crawford Valentine Winters
Pauline Frederick Diane, Valentine's Mother
Neil Hamilton Bob Blake
Monroe Owsley Tony
Emma Dunn Bob's Mother
Albert Conti Andre de Graignon
Marcelle Corday Alyce
Adrienne D'Ambricourt Marie
Armand Kaliz Actor
Marjorie Rambeau Actor
Sandra Ravel Actor
Hobart Bosworth Bob's Father
Ann Dvorak Bit Part

Technical Credits
Nick Grinde Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank R. Butler Screenwriter
John Meehan Screenwriter
Charles Rosher Cinematographer
Sylvia Thalberg Screenwriter
William Le Vanway Editor

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