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The Age of Consent (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 19 August 1932 (USA)
College co-eds learn to handle the responsibilities of romance.

Director:

Gregory La Cava (as Gregory Lacava)

Writers:

Martin Flavin (play), Sarah Y. Mason (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Wilson ... Betty Cameron
Arline Judge ... Dora Swale
Richard Cromwell ... Michael 'Mike' Harvey
Eric Linden ... Duke Galloway
John Halliday ... Prof. David Mathews
Aileen Pringle ... Barbara
Reginald Barlow Reginald Barlow ... Mr. Swale - Dora's father
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Storyline

College co-eds learn to handle the responsibilities of romance.

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This is 1932 Love is being played under the new rules! (Print Ad- Milwaukee Journal, ((Milwaukee, Wisc.)) 20 August 1932) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 August 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Crossroads See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play opened in New York City, New York, USA, on 11 November 1929 and had 28 performances. In the cast were Sylvia Sidney, Franchot Tone and Dennie Moore. See more »

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The onscreen play title is listed as "Crossroads", but the actual title is "Cross Roads". See more »

Quotes

Michael 'Mike' Harvey: You're a good-lookin' girl.
Dora Swale: Ya think so?
Michael 'Mike' Harvey: You're bright...
Dora Swale: Oh, I get it. Bein' bright don't getcha nowhere--just lookin' dumb. When I first got this job, I usta go home nights and study grammar. I thought it might help me if I talked better. But after goin' out with a couple of these apes around here, I threw the grammar out the window and went in for self-defense.
Michael 'Mike' Harvey: Well, after all creation didn't stop when they made THESE gorillas. You oughta know some nice fellas that...
Dora Swale: Sure, you mean in my ...
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Soundtracks

Paradise
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Nacio Herb Brown and Gordon Clifford
Played at the dance and danced by Dorothy Wilson and Eric Linden and other couples
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Marry Her Or Else
14 April 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Age Of Consent is a terribly dated before the Code film with a Victorian era plot and loaded with sexual innuendo. This would have made a great Cecil B. DeMille silent film.

The Age Of Consent began as a play called Cross Roads which had the misfortune of opening on Broadway within two weeks of the Stock Market crash. After that Broadway closed a lot of shows because folks couldn't afford the theater. Cross Roads only ran 28 performances and Franchot Tone and Sylvia Sidney were in the supporting roles that Eric Linden and Arline Judge play on the screen.

The leads are Richard Cromwell and Dorothy Wilson who are in love and going through a lot of angst. Dorothy's a good kid who doesn't want to give it up before she has a wedding ring on her finger. Richard's even ready to quit school. But when she says no he goes off with the local waitress at the college hangout Arline Judge.

Catching him alone with his daughter puritanical dad Richard Barlow says no one is going to disgrace my daughter, marry her or else because she's still a minor. Poor Cromwell sees his whole life slipping away, all the plans he had for his future, just gone up in smoke.

It all kind of works out for most of the cast. John Halliday is her as the wise science professor who acts as mentor and father figure to the college kids. Barlow's part is interesting his type is still around today, ignorant and proud of it. Look for a young Betty Grable as one of the coeds.

It's an interesting story and typical of the times. But thank God we seem to have moved away from the attitudes expressed by Barlow in The Age Of Consent.


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