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Accent on Youth (1935)

A young secretary falls in love with her boss, a middle-aged playwright. Complications ensue when her boss' son falls for her.

Director:

Wesley Ruggles

Writers:

Samson Raphaelson (play), Herbert Fields (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Sylvia Sidney ... Linda Brown
Herbert Marshall ... Steven Gaye
Phillip Reed ... Dickie Reynolds
Holmes Herbert ... Frank Galloway
Catherine Doucet ... Miss Eleanor Darling (as Catharine Doucet)
Astrid Allwyn ... Genevieve Lang
Ernest Cossart ... Flogdell
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Chuck
Dick Foran ... Butch (as Nick Foran)
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Steven Gaye, a successful New York playwright has passed forty and thinks he has bid farewell to the world of romance. But he falls in love with his secretary, Linda Brown, and suddenly finds himself more madly in love than ever before in his life. Linda reciprocates his feelings but he feels there is a too wide gap in their ages, and he pushes her in the direction of the leading man, Dick Reynolds, in his current Broadway play. Linda becomes engaged to the younger man and finds there is a problem...while Dick is young and romantic, he is also dumb. And the longer Linda is with him, the more she yearns for Steven's comfortable understanding and mature charm. (Despite the site-plot line that says so, she does not marry the son of her boss.) Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Linda told him to stop acting his age...a man is only as old as the girl who is in love with him! (original-ad) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Com Qual dos Dois? See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Version of But Not for Me (1959) See more »

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This one seems like it's Pre-Code but it isn't.
27 February 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Steven Gaye (Herbert Marshall) is a famous playwright who has just written a play about a May-December romance. However, as he works on the story, real life begins to intrude as the actress starring as the young lady in love with the older man, Linda (Sylvia Sidney), begins to actually fall in love with Steve. But Steve is a practical man and sees little future in this and encourages a young beau to pursue her as well. Sadly, when Steve and Linda get what they want, they don't seem to want it any more. What exactly does this mean? See the film.

This is a mildly enjoyable old film that surprised me. The ending seems pretty much in line with Pre-Code sensibilities...so imagine my surprise when it turns out to be a Production Code movie...coming out the year following the implementation of the tough Production Code. Worth seeing and quite interesting, mostly because Marshall is great in most anything.


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