Review: ‘This Day and Age’

A Cecil B. DeMille spectacle of modern time employing for mob effect the crusading student body of a high school which, aroused by racketeering activities and a system of law and order that permits it, sets out to deal justice in its own way. A highly improbable and fantastic story.

A Cecil B. DeMille spectacle of modern time employing for mob effect the crusading student body of a high school which, aroused by racketeering activities and a system of law and order that permits it, sets out to deal justice in its own way. A highly improbable and fantastic story.

Except for the racketeering element and a few others, the cast is preponderately collegiate. Charles Bickford supplies the major menace as a gunman who starts the first reel off with a couple of ruthless murders. Trying to exact tribute from tailors, Bickford makes the mistake of murdering a high-school pants presser who’s beloved by the students. About the same time, in connection with a Boy’s Week, local politicians deputize boys as district attorney, municipal court judge, chief of police, etc. At the sides of these law-enforcing gentlemen, the boys get a first hand idea of how easy it is for a racketeer to get away with his game.

The girl who inveigles the racketeer’s bodyguard into her company under dangerous circumstances is the only feminine member of the cast in the spotlight. Through her a mild love interest is created. She’s Judith Allen.

Principal student assignment goes to Richard Cromwell, lessers being Eddie Nugent, Ben Alexander and Lester Arnold, all well cast. Bickford turns in one of his best performances as the heavy.

This Day and Age

Production

Paramount. Director Cecil B. DeMille; Producer Cecil B. DeMille; Screenplay Bartlett Cormack; Camera J. Peverell Marley; Editor Anne Bauchens; Music Howard Jackson, L. W. Gilbert, Abel Baer

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1933. Running time: 82 MIN.

With

Charles Bickford Judith Allen Richard Cromwell Eddie Nugent Ben Alexander
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