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Age of Consent
     

The Age of Consent

Director: Gregory La Cava

Cast: Dorothy Wilson, Richard Cromwell, Eric Linden

 
Dorothy Wilson, who'd previously been a stenographer at RKO Radio studios, plays the lead in RKO's Age of Consent. Wilson and co-star Richard Cromwell play a couple of green-as-grass college coeds, whose puppy love blossoms into genuine romance. But with love comes responsibilities, and soon it looks as though they will have to give up their education if they

Overview

Dorothy Wilson, who'd previously been a stenographer at RKO Radio studios, plays the lead in RKO's Age of Consent. Wilson and co-star Richard Cromwell play a couple of green-as-grass college coeds, whose puppy love blossoms into genuine romance. But with love comes responsibilities, and soon it looks as though they will have to give up their education if they want to make a go of their relationship. Director Gregory La Cava's fondness for on-set improvisation results in a number of endearingly spontaneous moments from the talented young cast. It was also refreshing to see a 1932 movie in which college life was depicted with a semblance of reality, and not as an endless series of frat parties and football games. Watch for 16-year-old Betty Grable in an uncredited bit role. Age of Consent is based on Cross Roads, a stage play by onetime College Humor editor Martin Flavin.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although The Age of Consent is of only average interest as a film, as a social document, it is quite enthralling. Made in 1932, before the Production Code cut out any serious discussions of sex, Consent is a very frank film that really has only sex on its mind. That's as it should be, as Consent is all about how the extreme hormonal urges of the young can provide a very real distraction and conflict for those of college age. While the language that is used here is far less "blue" than it would be in a modern film, the subject of sexual activity is very much in evidence and is the impetus for everything that happens in the film, in one way or another. That it isn't told in a more original manner, and that the drama is fairly hackneyed, is unfortunate; strip away the fact that these kids are interested in what goes on in the bedroom and one is left with a very conventional and not terribly original screenplay. Still, Gregory La Cava's direction is solid and in tune, and he gets some nice performances from a young and non-starry cast.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/21/2012
UPC:
0883316489116
Original Release:
1932
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:02:00
Sales rank:
51,584

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dorothy Wilson Betty
Richard Cromwell Michael
Eric Linden Duke Galloway
Arline Judge Dora Swale
John Halliday Prof. David Matthews
Aileen Pringle Barbara
Reginald Barlow Swale
Frederick Burton Assistant District Attorney Gifford
Howard Hickman Doctor
Grady Sutton Student

Technical Credits
Gregory La Cava Director
Pandro S. Berman Associate Producer
Carroll Clark Art Director
Francis Cockrell Screenwriter
Roy Hunt Cinematographer
Jack Kitchin Editor
Sarah Y. Mason Screenwriter
David O. Selznick Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Age of Consent
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [10:00]
4. Chapter 4 [10:00]
5. Chapter 5 [10:00]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [2:42]

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