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The First Hundred Years (1938)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 12 March 1938 (USA)
David and Lynn are a happily married couple. When David gets his dream job in another state, Lynn, a high-powered executive, doesn't want to leave NYC and her job.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Melville Baker (screen play), Norman Krasna (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Montgomery ... David Conway
Virginia Bruce ... Lynn Conway
Warren William ... Harry Borden
Binnie Barnes ... Claudia Weston
Alan Dinehart ... Samuel Z. Walker
Harry Davenport ... Uncle Dawson
Nydia Westman ... Midge
Donald Briggs ... William Regan
Jonathan Hale ... Judge Parker
E.E. Clive ... Chester Blascomb
Lee Bowman ... George Wallace
Torben Meyer ... Karl
Bodil Rosing ... Martha
Irving Bacon ... Wilkins
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Storyline

David and Lynn are a happily married couple. When David gets his dream job in another state, Lynn, a high-powered executive, doesn't want to leave NYC and her job.

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Bob loves Virginia! Virginia loves Bob...but she's CRAZY about her career! A million laughs...as the love-sparks fly! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The First 100 Years See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its initial television broadcast in Los Angeles Wednesday 5 June 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Chicago 1 August 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Norfolk VA 16 December 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Philadelphia 20 December 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in San Francisco 22 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), in Indianapolis 27 April 1958 on WLW-I (Channel 13), and in Tucson 11 July 1958 on KVOA (Channel 4) ; but its earliest documented telecast in New York City did not take place until 28 July 1963 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

As Lynn's plane takes off on her flight from New York to Los Angeles, very early in takeoff you can see a large palm tree out the plane's windows. It's rather obvious the background footage was shot in California. See more »

Soundtracks

Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet
(1909) (uncredited)
Music by Percy Wenrich
Lyrics by Stanley Murphy
Played on an organ and sung by Virginia Bruce and Robert Montgomery
Reprised with Nydia Westman on organ and sung by her, Virginia Bruce, Harry Davenport and Robert Montgomery
Reprised again with Robert Montgomery playing the organ
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As the Germans would say, "the fat years are over."
9 March 2006 | by DellySee all my reviews

Just wanted to put a good word in for this movie, since the other posters seem to have been taken in by its perfunctory happy ending. What we have here is an unspectacular but fascinating curio, an end-of-an-era film made by Richard Thorpe around the same time he made Night Must Fall, which would be the culmination of Robert Montgomery's progression from charming bounder to seedy, syphilitic cad ( Jude Law is currently on the same path. ) This is where the elegant swells of MGM's 1930's stable, sensing that youth has passed them by, begin to show their true malevolent, selfish being -- and indeed, Montgomery like James Stewart, the most ingratiating stars of their era, would later become wizened arch-conservatives.

The First 100 Years would have had more weight if it had starred Joan Crawford instead of Virginia Bruce, but then again, Bruce brings a vulnerability to the role that makes up for her less than iconic stature. Bruce's character is a woman who is imprisoned in her time, and it's only a short step from the end of this film to La Notte or Diary of a Mad Housewife. Happy ending? Yeah, and Preminger's endings are giddy! Sad that the broad Jon Stewart kind of irony has replaced people's appreciation of a quieter, more insinuating kind that you'll find in Henry James and which movies necessarily thrive on, as directors and writers have to slip the truth through the back door. You have to pay more attention to the tonality of the thing, rather than the events depicted.

Richard Thorpe, a journeyman director who suddenly flared up in the late 1930's with a series of incredibly bleak and, yes, even Jamesian films -- such as Man-Proof and, though I haven't seen it, "Love is a Headache" must surely deal with the same themes -- before settling down once again into routine swashbucklers, provides many interesting touches, such as an organ installed in Montgomery's living room, replacing the usual cocktail-party piano with soupy dirges. Except for this organ, Thorpe constructs the whole movie almost entirely without music, and many scenes start with a bubbly chip-chip-cheeree kind of mood only to disintegrate into awkward neurosis and recrimination. He is obviously not working with material as strong as he had for Night Must Fall, but this is a must-see pendant for fans of that unsurpassed existential masterpiece.


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