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Gentlemen Are Born (1934)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | 17 November 1934 (USA)
A well-cloistered and protected-against-reality group of college students get their diplomas in the heart of the Great Depression, and quickly learn that the piece of paper the diploma is ... See full summary »

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Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Eugene Solow (screenplay), Robert Lee Johnson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Franchot Tone ... Bob Bailey
Jean Muir ... Trudy Talbot
Margaret Lindsay ... Joan Harper
Ann Dvorak ... Susan Merrill
Ross Alexander ... Tom Martin
Dick Foran ... Smudge Casey (as Nick Foran)
Charles Starrett ... Stephen Hornblow
Russell Hicks ... Newspaper Editor
Robert Light ... Fred Harper
Addison Richards ... Martinson
Henry O'Neill ... Mr. Harper
Arthur Aylesworth ... Mr. Gillespie
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Harper
Bradley Page ... Al Ludlow
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A well-cloistered and protected-against-reality group of college students get their diplomas in the heart of the Great Depression, and quickly learn that the piece of paper the diploma is written on is worth about eighteen-dollars-a-week in the job-market...for the lucky ones. Some of them fare even worse. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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FLAMING YOUTH of FIGHTING YOUTH? (original poster) See more »

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Drama | Music | Romance

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USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

17 November 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Just Out of College See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $50,000 that Mr. Harper asks for to get himself out of his financial difficulty would be the equivalent of $885,000 in 2015. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Tom Martin: Okay Pete, take them away!
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Soundtracks

Beauty Must Be Loved
(uncredited)
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Irving Kahal
[Heard during opening credits and throughout movie, esp. during scene when Joan breaks up with Bob.]
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A genuine oddity! Imagine...a film where people living the in Depression cannot find jobs!
18 March 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Although at the height of the Depression the unemployment rate was about 25%, you'd never have thought this based on movies coming out of Hollywood at the time. A few, such as "Wild Boys of the Road" (1933), talked about the widespread unemployment...but most films showed well-fed, happy and successfully employed people. You really wouldn't have believed that there was a Depression based on the movies...especially since so many had to do with very rich folks and seldom the very poor. Because of this, "Gentlemen Are Born" is an oddity because it deals with these struggles to find work during this era. And, it came from one of the only studios that DID talk about the Depression, Warner Brothers.

When the film begins, four young men are eager and ready to graduate college and go into the job market. However, a rude awakening awaits three of them. Jobs are scarce and underemployment common. In other words, you find one of the guys taking on day labor and boxing just to have enough to eat...even with his diploma! And, through the course of the film, mostly the guys and their wives/girlfriends experience heartbreak after heartbreak as it seems as if the system is stacked against them. Suicides, crime, hospitalizations, unemployment and more make this a film that seems like a call for social change. And, considering how strong the voices were for socialism and communism were during this era and how adamantly the studios fought this, the film comes off as a bit shocking. But it's also well made and an excellent window into a sad bygone era...with excellent acting and lots of heartbreaking moments. A sad but fascinating and rather realistic (for a change) look at the Depression.


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