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The First Year

Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell in a story that's as close to perfection for them as any piece of screen writing could be. Hadn't Frank Craven written and John Golden produced this play for legit in 1922, it could easily be mistaken for a tailor-made job for Gaynor-Farrell in 1932.

Cast:
Janet Gaynor Charles Farrell Minna Gombell Leila Bennett Dudley Digges Robert McWade

Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell in a story that’s as close to perfection for them as any piece of screen writing could be. Hadn’t Frank Craven written and John Golden produced this play for legit in 1922, it could easily be mistaken for a tailor-made job for Gaynor-Farrell in 1932.

Playing house as a couple of kids in their first year of married life may not have been a romp for Gaynor or Farrell but it looks to have been. They were building up to just such a story in all of their previous films. They love each other. Their troubles are typical. They surmount the handicaps and emerge triumphant with love in their hearts and cash in the bank.

Maude Eburne, Robert McWade and Leila Bennett are the comedy relief, the first two as the girl’s loving parents. Some of the old man’s snappy answers to mother’s choice cracks are examples of shrewd comedy writing. Equally well written for comedy effect is Bennett’s colored maid role, but the not so convincing make-up makes it tougher for her than anyone else in the cast.

The First Year

Production: Fox. Director William K. Howard; Screenplay Lynn Starling; Camera Hal Mohr; Editor Jack Murray; Music Hugo Friedhofer

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1932. Running time: 80 MIN.

With: Janet Gaynor Charles Farrell Minna Gombell Leila Bennett Dudley Digges Robert McWade

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