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Are These Our Children (1931)

Passed | | Drama | 14 November 1931 (USA)
A good kid with no record commits a robbery, kills an old man and winds up on death row. The authorities try to figure out why he went bad.

Directors:

Wesley Ruggles, Howard Estabrook (uncredited)

Writers:

Wesley Ruggles (story), Howard Estabrook (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eric Linden ... Edward 'Eddie' Brand
Beryl Mercer ... Mrs. Martin - Eddie's Grandma
Billy Butts ... Bobby Brand
Rochelle Hudson ... Mary
William Orlamond ... Heinrich 'Heinie' Krantz
Arline Judge ... Florence 'Flo' Carnes
Roberta Gale ... Maybelle "Giggles"
Mary Kornman ... Agnes "Dumbbell"
Ben Alexander ... Nicholas 'Nick' Crosby
Robert Quirk Robert Quirk ... Bennie Gray (as Bobby Quirk)
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Storyline

A good kid with no record commits a robbery, kills an old man and winds up on death row. The authorities try to figure out why he went bad.

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Taglines:

A Bugle Blast Rings Across the Nation- and Youth's Valiant Legion Takes Heart as All America Rallies to the Fight. (Print Ad- The Citizen-Advertiser, ((Auburn, NY)) 2 December 1931)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Son estos nuestros hijos?.. See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc. was refused a certificate from the Hays Office for the film's re-release in 1937, when the production code was more rigorously enforced. The wild behavior of the high-school students was deemed against the code. See more »

Goofs

When Eddie comes home, he throws his hat to the chair and it bounces to the floor. In the next scene, the hat is on the chair. See more »

Soundtracks

St. James' Infirmary
(uncredited)
Music by Joe Oliver
Performed by King Oliver and His Orchestra
Record heard playing in the tenements
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see ARLINE JUDGE (the "naughty" Clara Bow) of the 1930's
5 September 2000 | by machineelSee all my reviews

This film is stolen by bad girl ARLINE JUDGE as "Flo Carnes" (see pun in name: FLOWER MEAT) -- and when she calls Eric Linden "big boy" in her inimitable growling voice, she means business! My favorite scene is when she is putting on lipstick, covers half her face with her purse and all you see are her HUGE BULGING eyes on a really angry Eric while she mutters, "NO? YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED AT CONEY ISLAND!" to a very naive Mary Kornman who just told her, "Awwwwwww, you can't have him!" This film evokes, presumably, Depression era teen angst. Miss Judge also sings a few saucy lines of "MAKES YOU FORGET YOUR TROUBLES" accompanied by a black jazz band, leaving no doubt as to her meaning. She even "marks" Eric (like a cat) by squirting perfume on him after she sings. Lots of PRE-CODE wardrobe and suggestive dialogue. A MUST SEE.


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