New Morals For Old

  • 1932
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Problems between the generations serve as the theme for this screen adaptation of a John Van Druten play, which proved more successful onstage than as a film. Young and Perry are the children of Stone and Crews, who rebel against their parents' staid conservatism. Young's desire is to be a painter, so he goes to Paris to study under a great artist. When...read more

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Problems between the generations serve as the theme for this screen adaptation of a John Van Druten play, which proved more successful onstage than as a film. Young and Perry are the children of Stone and Crews, who rebel against their parents' staid conservatism. Young's desire is to be a

painter, so he goes to Paris to study under a great artist. When he learns he really has no talent, he returns home for a more traditional lifestyle. While in Paris he manages a quick affair with Loy, which doesn't amount to much. Perry gets herself involved with a married man, who eventually

divorces his wife and marries Perry. She then goes about structuring her life much the same as that of her parents. The moral of the story seems to be that no matter how hard they fight it, children will eventually emulate their parents. Performances are all fairly standard, though Stone and Crews

are quite believable as the puzzled parents. The film was made during the period in which MGM's Irving Thalberg had vowed to spare no expense to get top writing and production for his films. Britisher Van Druten spent a brief time in Hollywood to assist with the adaptation of his play for the

screen, but it didn't seem to help.

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