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Watch a Good Movie - The Young in Heart

The Gentleman's Almanac

Watch a Good Movie - The Young in Heart (1938)

Originally Posted May 18, 2016

I am a great lover of classic old movies.  Some movies, like the literary classics, tell wonderful stories with moral virtues.  The 1938 movie The Young in Heart is one that speaks to the heart.  It is a beautiful story of change and redemption.  It is worth the hour and half to renew your faith in man. 

"The Young in Heart is odd for a late ’30s film. While the film production code dictated that criminals always have to be punished by the end of the movie, this story focuses on a whole family of professional criminals who change their ways and find redemption. It seems the screenwriters were able to skirt the rules by neatly placing the conning and cheating into the backstory. The film opens with the Carleton family in Monte Carlo, where the father has been cheating at cards and the son is about to marry a homely girl worth $3 million. The manager of the hotel finds out who they are and gets them kicked out of the country. Penniless, they head toward London and meet a rich and lonely old woman on the train. After they help her following a train wreck, she invites them to stay with her at her mansion in England. The two men in the family get real jobs for the first time in their lives, and the children find out the meaning of true love without consideration for money. Eventually, even mom comes around to the idea of being respectable.

This film is also known for an appearance by the Phantom Corsair, a one-of-a-kind car that was designed and made for Rust Heinz, of the Heinz Ketchup family. In the film, it appears at the “Flying Wombat” the car that Sargent Carleton gets a job selling. The true car was ahead of its time design-wise, as it was highly aerodynamic, but was also the last word in luxury, with a built-in bar and leather-upholstered seats for six." Life at the Movies - May 20, 2010

Here is a quote from the movie -

Miss Fortune: "I'm an old woman, Mr. Anstruther; a very old woman who has led a lonely, useless life. But I've learned some things in my loneliness; perhaps because of it. I've learned not to judge people. I've learned to take them as I find them, not as others find them. And most of all, I've learned to give complete and unquestioning faith to the people I love.

Here is the link to the full movie -

The Young in Heart - Full Movie


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