The Age of Innocence (1934 film)
|The Age of Innocence|
|Directed by||Philip Moeller|
|Produced by||Pandro S. Berman|
|Written by||Edith Wharton (novel)
Margaret Ayer Barnes (play)
|Screenplay by||Sarah Y. Mason
|Based on||The Age of Innocence (1920 novel)
The Age of Innocence (1928 play)
|Narrated by||John Boles|
|Music by||Max Steiner (uncredited)|
|Cinematography||James Van Trees|
|Edited by||George Hively|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
|Release dates||September 14, 1934|
|Running time||81 min.|
The Age of Innocence (1934) is an American drama film directed by Philip Moeller and starring Irene Dunne, John Boles and Lionel Atwill. The film is an adaptation of the novel The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton which is set amongst aristocrat New Yorkers in the 1870s. Prolific on Broadway, Philip Moeller directed only two films: this, and the 1935 Break of Hearts with Katharine Hepburn.
The novel was made into the silent film version The Age of Innocence (1924 film) starring Beverly Bayne, and a 1993 film version The Age of Innocence (1993 film) starring Michelle Pfeiffer. The 1928 Broadway stage adaptation starred Katharine Cornell.
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At his 1875 engagement party, the wealthy Newland Archer (John Boles) is surprised to meet his childhood friend Ellen (Irene Dunne), beautiful and grown up and now Countess Olenska. Olenska is the cousin of his fiancee May (Julie Haydon) and is considered scandalous by the strait-laced society of the time. Newland, however, treats her well and sends her two dozen yellow roses. Olenska turns to Newland for advice about a possible divorce.
- Irene Dunne as Countess Ellen Olenska
- John Boles as Newland Archer
- Lionel Atwill as Julius Beaufort
- Helen Westley as Granny Manson Mingott
- Laura Hope Crews as Augusta Welland
- Julie Haydon as May Welland
- Herbert Yost as Howard Welland
- Theresa Maxwell Conover as Mrs Archer
- Edith Van Cleve as Jane Archer
- Leonard Carey as Jasper, the Butler
The film was a box office disappointment.
- BFI Database entry
- Churchill, Douglas W. The Year in Hollywood: 1934 May Be Remembered as the Beginning of the Sweetness-and-Light Era (gate locked); New York Times [New York, N.Y] 30 Dec 1934: X5. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
- The Age of Innocence at the Internet Movie Database
- The Age of Innocence at AllMovie
- The Age of Innocence at the TCM Movie Database
- The Age of Innocence at the American Film Institute Catalog
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