The Age of Innocence (1934 film)

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The Age of Innocence
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Directed by Philip Moeller
Produced by Pandro S. Berman
Written by Edith Wharton (novel)
Margaret Ayer Barnes (play)
Screenplay by Sarah Y. Mason
Victor Heerman
Based on The Age of Innocence (1920 novel)
The Age of Innocence (1928 play)
Starring Irene Dunne
John Boles
Lionel Atwill
Narrated byJohn Boles
Music by Max Steiner (uncredited)
Cinematography James Van Trees
Edited by George Hively
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
September 14, 1934
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

The Age of Innocence (1934) is an American drama film directed by Philip Moeller and starring Irene Dunne, John Boles and Lionel Atwill. [1] The film is an adaptation of the 1920 novel The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, set in the fashionable New York society of the 1870s. Prolific on Broadway, Philip Moeller directed only two films: this, and the 1935 Break of Hearts with Katharine Hepburn.

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The novel was also adapted in a 1924 silent film version starring Beverly Bayne and a 1993 film version that starred Michelle Pfeiffer. A 1928 Broadway stage adaptation starred Katharine Cornell. [2]

Premise

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. [3]

Cast

Director Philip Moeller (seated center, holding eye-shade) on the set of The Age of Innocence. Assistant director Edward Killy (seated center foreground) rehearses actor John Boles (left); Irene Dunne is behind the lights, smiling down. Age-of-Innocence-Moeller.jpg
Director Philip Moeller (seated center, holding eye-shade) on the set of The Age of Innocence. Assistant director Edward Killy (seated center foreground) rehearses actor John Boles (left); Irene Dunne is behind the lights, smiling down.

Reception

The film was a box-office disappointment. [4]

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