|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)
|Starring|| Irene Dunne |
|Narrated by||John Boles|
|Music by||Max Steiner (uncredited)|
|Cinematography||James Van Trees|
|Edited by||George Hively|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
|September 14, 1934|
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 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.
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.
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.
The film was a box-office disappointment.
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