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Accent on Youth (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 23 August 1935 (USA)
A young secretary falls in love with her boss, a middle-aged playwright. Complications ensue when her boss' son falls for her.

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Wesley Ruggles

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Samson Raphaelson (play), Herbert Fields (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Sylvia Sidney ... Linda Brown
Herbert Marshall ... Steven Gaye
Phillip Reed ... Dickie Reynolds
Holmes Herbert ... Frank Galloway
Catherine Doucet ... Miss Eleanor Darling (as Catharine Doucet)
Astrid Allwyn ... Genevieve Lang
Ernest Cossart ... Flogdell
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Chuck
Dick Foran ... Butch (as Nick Foran)
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Steven Gaye, a successful New York playwright has passed forty and thinks he has bid farewell to the world of romance. But he falls in love with his secretary, Linda Brown, and suddenly finds himself more madly in love than ever before in his life. Linda reciprocates his feelings but he feels there is a too wide gap in their ages, and he pushes her in the direction of the leading man, Dick Reynolds, in his current Broadway play. Linda becomes engaged to the younger man and finds there is a problem...while Dick is young and romantic, he is also dumb. And the longer Linda is with him, the more she yearns for Steven's comfortable understanding and mature charm. (Despite the site-plot line that says so, she does not marry the son of her boss.) Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Linda told him to stop acting his age...a man is only as old as the girl who is in love with him! (original-ad) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Com Qual dos Dois? See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 3, 1954 with Herbert Marshall reprising his film role. See more »

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Interesting and rather absurd comedy romance
27 March 2017 | by istaraSee all my reviews

It's hard to know what to make of "Accent on Youth". So many things happen in it that just seem odd to to the point of implausible.

The basic plot is that:

1. Secretary Linda is in love with her older boss, playwright Steven, who has been oblivious to her feelings.

2. An old girlfriend suddenly appears, Steven decides to retire and go off with her to Finland

3. He discharges Linda, who then declares her love for him.

4. Suddenly Steven un-retires and hires Linda to star in his new play. (No mention of how his old girlfriend takes this).

Confused? That's only the start of this weird journey. The script ranges from melodrama through romance to sheer wincing awkwardness. It's at times arch, at other times pretentious, at other times simply implausible. "Hey! Let me look at you! Linda, you're strange, grand, lovely. No, no, no, don't go away. Let me look at you some more!" Even the legendary velvet tones of Herbert Marshall can't de-cringe this.

Linda does the play. Then there's another mix-up, where Steven thinks young actor Dickie is involved with her. He storms home, Linda storms to his place, they have a row, and then they make up. They decide to get married. Perfect. Had the film ended here, it might have been reasonably pleasant and plausible.

But wait, there's more...

Dickie pops around and whinges to Steven. Steven clears out, Linda comes round, and in a few minutes is kissing Dickie passionately (bear in mind she's had every chance to do so before) and then marries him rather than Steven. What follows is a bizarre honeymoon where he spends all his time trying to get her to exercise, accompanied by his two friends. Although maybe there's a really obvious subtext here that I missed? There were presumably more than a few Hollywood marriages where the groom's "close friend" popped along for the ride.

Anyway, Linda flees back to Steven and they end up together. Again. For what appears to be the third time in this bizarre story.

Don't get me wrong, I loved this movie for all its absurdity. It has endless dialogue from Herbert Marshall for starters, which makes anything watchable/listenable.

It's just hard to know how to take it.

Bonus observation: the kissing by Herbert Marshall AWFUL, when kissing either Sylvia Sidney or Astrid Allwyn. (Sylvia does just fine with Phillip Reed/Dickie). I realise the Hay's Code had likely kicked in by the time this movie was released, but seriously. Check out the embrace about thirteen minutes in. "How was it?" Herbert Marshall asks. "Not bad!" Astrid Allwyn replies.

No, Astrid. It was bad. It was very very very bad. Be glad you didn't end up going to Finland with him.


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