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The Young in Heart (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 6 July 1938 (USA)
Thrown out of the Riviera, a family of grifters meets a lonely, vulnerable rich old woman and insinuate themselves into her life while they sponge off her.

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Richard Wallace, Lewis Milestone (uncredited) | 2 more credits »

Writers:

Paul Osborn (screenplay), I.A.R. Wylie (from the novel by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Janet Gaynor ... George-Anne Carleton
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Richard Carleton
Roland Young ... 'Sahib' Carleton
Billie Burke ... Marmy Carleton
Minnie Dupree Minnie Dupree ... Miss Fortune
Paulette Goddard ... Leslie Saunders
Richard Carlson ... Duncan Macrae
Henry Stephenson ... Mr. Anstruther
Lawrence Grant ... Mr. Hutchins
Walter Kingsford ... Inspector
Eily Malyon ... Sarah
Tom Ricketts ... Andrew
Irvin S. Cobb ... Mr. Jennings
Lucile Watson ... Mrs. Jennings
Margaret Early ... Adela Jennings
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Storyline

The Carletons make a living as card sharps and finding new suckers to mooch off of. When their latest scam backfires, they are asked to leave Monte Carlo. At the train station, they meet a kind old woman named Miss Fortune. The elderly lady is very wealthy and very lonely. As a reward for saving her life after the train derails, Miss Fortune invites the Carletons to come live with her. The family hopes that by winning her affection, they can eventually be named sole beneficiaries in her will. But will a change of heart soften their mercenary feelings before that time comes? Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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meet...THE CARLETON FAMILY...CHARMING TO MEET...EXPENSIVE TO KNOW! (all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Familija Hohštapler See more »

Filming Locations:

Charleston, West Virginia, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Legendary stage actress Laurette Taylor (Amanda Wingfield in the original 1945 Broadway production of "The Glass Menagerie") made a screen test for David O. Selznick for the role of Miss Fortune, eventually played in the film by Minnie Dupree. The screen test can be seen in the documentary Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There (2003). See more »

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From exterior shots, the "Wombat" automobile has a divided rear window. However, interior shots show a single pane of glass for the rear window. See more »

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'Sahib' Carleton: Are you sure you're not hurt, my dear?
Marmy Carleton: I don't think so, Sahib. I don't know how you're supposed to feel after a train wreck.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Janet Gaynor (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Anvil Chorus (Coro di Zangari)
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Written by Giuseppe Verdi
Arranged by Franz Waxman
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Janet Gaynor's Last Starring Role
2 July 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Janet Gaynor, won the first Oscar for 3 silent films but had a considerable talkie career in the 1930s. At 32, she retired from films, and The Young in Heart was her final film. She mad once more film appearance in the 1950s. This is a subtle little film, and Gaynor plays against type as a con artist. Actually her brother and parents are con artists also. They happen upon a little old lady and move in with her in high hopes of getting her money. Sweet little comedy also boasts Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Billie Burke, and Roland Young as the family members. They are all terrific. Minnie Dupree is quite wonderful as Miss Fortune, and Richard Carlson, Paulette Goddard, Henry Stephenson, Billy Bevan, Eily Malyon, and Lucile Watson co-star. Not a screwball comedy, but more a comedy of manners, this is nonetheless a delightful if rarely seen little gem. Gaynor was so awful in her early talkies (like Sunnyside and Delicious) but somehow she learned the new medium and became a solid actress. She is wonderful in A Star Is Born, Three Loves Has Nancy, Small Town Girl, and The Farmer Takes a Wife. Too bad she quit films at such an early age. Fairbanks was always underrated. Goddard makes a nice impression here as well. And what about those Flying Wombats!


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