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We Who Are Young (1940)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 19 July 1940 (USA)
Two young office workers working at the same large firm secretly marry and defy their employer's policy against coworker fraternization. When the marriage is discovered, Margy (Turner) is ... See full summary »

Director:

Harold S. Bucquet

Writer:

Dalton Trumbo (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lana Turner ... Marjorie White Brooks
John Shelton ... William Brooks
Gene Lockhart ... C.B. Beamis
Grant Mitchell ... Jones
Henry Armetta ... Tony
Jonathan Hale ... Braddock
Clarence Wilson ... R. Glassford
Ian Wolfe ... Judge
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Salesman
John Butler ... Mr. Peabody
Irene Seidner Irene Seidner ... Mrs. Weinstock
Charles Lane ... Perkins
Horace McMahon ... Foreman (as Horace MacMahon)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sam Ash ... Clerk (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Two young office workers working at the same large firm secretly marry and defy their employer's policy against coworker fraternization. When the marriage is discovered, Margy (Turner) is fired. This causes the newlyweds to face serious financial struggles and Bill (Shelton) pursues desperate, perhaps even illegal, measures to make ends meet when the couple learn they are expecting their first baby!

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And so they were married...and luscious Lana Turner sets out on the greatest matrimonial adventure ever to win your heart and thrill your soul. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Do See more »

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Budget:

$362,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $220 Bill and Margy use to buy furniture would equate to almost $3,000 in 2016. See more »

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When Margy and Bill leave the office for lunch, briefly reflected in a store window, a crew member is visible sitting at the base of a loudspeaker on a stand.. See more »

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Featured in Red Hollywood (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Sidewalks of New York
(1894) (uncredited)
Music by Charles Lawlor
Played during the opening credits, and as background music and at the end
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A bit of a surprise, coming from MGM.
18 July 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

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During the 1930s and into the 40s, MGM generally tried to paint a very rosy picture during the Depression. Additionally, Louis B. Mayer himself (the head of the studio) worked very hard to defeat the leftist, Upton Sinclair, during his attempt to win an election. Why? Because Mayer was dreadfully afraid of communism and socialism and fought hard to nip it in the bud. In light of this, how could a film like "We Who Are Young" get made? Could Mayer have missed this one? Surely he must, as it's progressive message clearly is NOT what 'Uncle' Louis wanted America to see!

The plot of "We Who Are Young" is a lot like "The Crowd" and "Saturday's Children". The films are all about nice young folks who marry and try to grab a part of the American Dream but end up getting royally screwed. Again and again, things in the system seem to conspire against the couple as they try to just get by. At least that is the first 80% of the film--a strong Progressive message from the era...surprisingly strong. Unfortunately for the film, but perhaps fortunate for Mayer and his sentiments, the picture loses its way towards the end and degenerates too much towards sentimentality and lacks the hard edge you find in these other films. Overall, worth seeing but it just misses the mark. And, interestingly, although this is a Lana Turner starring vehicle, her co-star, John Shelton easily outshines her as the beleaguered husband.021


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