×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

The Young in Heart

This is a beautiful and deeply touching picture, skilfully adapted from I.A.R. Wylie's poignant magazine story.

With:
Janet Gaynor Douglas Fairbanks Jr Paulette Goddard Roland Young Billie Burke Richard Carlson

This is a beautiful and deeply touching picture, skilfully adapted from I.A.R. Wylie’s poignant magazine story.

Selznick originally sought Maude Adams for this film, and when that deal fell through, recruited Minnie Dupree from legit to make her screen debut as the gentle, endearing old heroine of the story.

The original ending of the picture was the same as in the Wylie story, with the death of the kindly old spinster. But it drew unfavorable audience reaction at several sneak previews on the West Coast, so Selznick called back the cast to make a happier denouement.

The Young in Heart takes its title from the little old woman whose pathetic eagerness for companionship touches the affections of a conniving and indolent family. When she meets them on a Paris train after they have been exposed and expelled from a Riviera resort, she is captivated by their tall tales of troubles and delighted with their courage in their predicament.

Under Richard Wallace’s direction, the fragile story is never permitted to lapse into bathos. Acting of the entire cast is superb. Janet Gaynor and Douglas Fairbanks Jr sparkle as the pseudo-thick-skinned children of the worthless family, while Roland Young and Billie Burke are brilliant as the parents who are soft-hearted in spite of their worst intentions. Paulette Goddard hasn’t much acting to do as a clear-eyed girl in love with Fairbanks, but she is an eye-filler.

The Young in Heart

Production: Selznick/United Artists. Director Richard Wallace; Producer David O. Selznick; Screenplay Paul Osborn, Charles Bennett; Camera Leon Shamroy; Editor Hal C. Kern; Music Franz Waxman; Art Director Lyle Wheeler

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1938. Running time: 91 MIN.

With: Janet Gaynor Douglas Fairbanks Jr Paulette Goddard Roland Young Billie Burke Richard Carlson

More Film

  • Zoe Lister-Jones The Craft

    'The Craft' Remake Finds Director in Zoe-Lister Jones

    “Life in Pieces” star Zoe Lister-Jones will write and direct Sony Pictures’ remake of “The Craft” for Blumhouse and Red Wagon Entertainment. Doug Wick, the producer of the original “The Craft,” will return in the same capacity along with partner Lucy Fisher through their Red Wagon banner. Jason Blum is also producing and his Blumhouse [...]

  • Carol Burnett

    Carol Burnett's Mother-Daughter Story 'Carrie and Me' in Development as a Movie

    Carol Burnett’s bestseller “Carrie and Me: A Mother-Daughter Love Story” is in the works as a movie at Focus Features with Burnett, Tina Fey, Eric Gurian, and Steven Rogers producing. Burnett will produce through her Mabel Cat Productions with Fey and Gurian under their production banner Little Stranger along with Rogers (“I, Tonya”). The sibling [...]

  • Contract Placeholder Business WGA ATA Agent

    Writers Guild Plans for Agency Pact Expiration: 'There Will Be Difficult Moments'

    Leaders of the Writers Guild of America have sent members contingency plans for the possible expiration of its agency franchise agreement on April 7 — and admitted that it may be a rocky road. Members received the letter Tuesday from the guild’s negotiating committee as the WGA and agents were about the hold their seventh [...]

  • Editorial use only. No book cover

    Entertainment One, Universal to Partner on Home Entertainment

    Entertainment One and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment have signed a multi-year, multi-territory distribution agreement. UPHE will serve as the home entertainment distributor of eOne’s offerings across both physical and digital formats. The pact covers film, television, and select family content and includes all sales, marketing, and distribution, spanning the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, Spain, Australia, [...]

  • Will Smith Jada Pinkett Smith

    AFI, Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation Launch Second Young Women in Film Intensive

    The AFI Conservatory and the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation have partnered to launch the second annual Young Women in Film Intensive. The AFI Campus in Los Angeles will host 45 high school girls for an eight-week filmmaking workshop, where students will receive mentorship from current fellows and working professional alumni of the AFI [...]

  • Paul Davidson

    The Orchard Head Content Executive Paul Davidson Steps Down

    At the finish line of its sale to 1091 Media, distributor the Orchard’s film and TV head Paul Davidson is parting ways with the company. In an amicable split, the creative executive addressed staff in person and in a company-wide memo on Tuesday in New York City to inform them of his decision. “While I [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content