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The Young in Heart (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 6 July 1938 (USA)
Thrown out of the Riviera, a family of grifters meets a lonely, vulnerable rich old woman and insinuate themselves into her life while they sponge off her.

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Complete credited cast:
... George-Anne Carleton
... Richard Carleton
... 'Sahib' Carleton
... Marmy Carleton
Minnie Dupree ... Miss Fortune
... Leslie Saunders
... Duncan Macrae
... Mr. Anstruther
... Mr. Hutchins
... Inspector
... Sarah
... Andrew
... Mr. Jennings
... Mrs. Jennings
... Adela Jennings
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The Carletons make a living as card sharps and finding new suckers to mooch off of. When their latest scam backfires, they are asked to leave Monte Carlo. At the train station, they meet a kind old woman named Miss Fortune. The elderly lady is very wealthy and very lonely. As a reward for saving her life after the train derails, Miss Fortune invites the Carletons to come live with her. The family hopes that by winning her affection, they can eventually be named sole beneficiaries in her will. But will a change of heart soften their mercenary feelings before that time comes? Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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6 July 1938 (USA)  »

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Familija Hohštapler  »

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This film received its initial New York City telecast Saturday 9 September 1944 on pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). In Los Angeles it was first telecast Sunday 18 September 1949 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Philadelphia Sunday 16 October 1949 on WLW-T (Channel 4), and in Philadelphia Sunday 25 December 1949 on WFIL (Channel 6). See more »

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George-Anne Carleton: Did you ever know anybody who married for love?
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A Delightful Treat
5 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

What a delightful treat this little movie turned out to be! Not daffy enough to be considered a screwball yet too amusing to be regarded as anything but a comedy, "The Young In Heart" (1938) shows us what happens when an entire nuclear family of con artists finally gains a conscience, while living with a sweet, rich old lady who they are trying to bilk. And what a bunch of performers have been collected to portray that family! Roland "Topper" Young (in heart) plays the father, Sahib; everyone's favorite twittery witch, Billie Burke, is the mom; Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. is the son; and Janet Gaynor, here in her last role before her comeback 20 years later (in "Bernardine"), plays the daughter. All give delicious comedic performances, and are ably abetted by former stage actress Minnie Dupree, excellent and understated as the little old lady, and Paulette Goddard, who Dougy is trying to woo. This is a David Selznick picture--it came between the previous year's "A Star Is Born" and the following year's "GWTW"--and is yet another class production for the legendary showman. But the real operative word for this film is "charm," which it exudes more than any other single ingredient. And my goodness, just how pretty is Janet Gaynor here, right before her retirement? Well, she makes even the yummy-looking Paulette Goddard look second best, and that should tell you something! Anyway, all in all, this picture is a real joy, and the crisp-looking DVD offered here only adds to the pleasure.


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