The Young in Heart

A witty, heartfelt screwball comedy from super-producer David O. Selznick, The Young in Heart was Gaynor's last released feature before her retirement from the movies-and marriage to famed fashion designer Gilbert Adrian-in 1939. Gaynor stars as the wily daughter in a family of high-class con artists intent on fleecing a kindly old widow (Broadway veteran Minnie Dupree in her show-stopping screen debut) out of her vast fortune. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. plays the lazy brother besotted by Paulette Goddard. The picture earned Oscar nominations for Leon Shamroy's cinematography and Franz Waxman's music. The original downbeat conclusion, derived from I. A. R. Wylie's source novel, tested so poorly in previews that Selznick reassembled the cast and shot a new, optimistic ending for the final cut of the film.

• Written by Paul Osborn, Charles Bennett, Barbara Keon, from the novel The Gay Banditti by I. A. R. Wylie. Photographed by Leon Shamroy. With Janet Gaynor, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Paulette Goddard, Roland Young. (90 mins, B&W, 35mm, Preserved by The Museum of Modern Art, New York)

Followed by short:
The Young in Heart Screen Test: Maude Adams and Janet Gaynor. Legendary stage actress Maude Adams is shown testing for the role of “Miss Fortune” with the film's star, Janet Gaynor. This is a unique record of their work, especially Adams's-she did not get the part, nor did she ever appear in a motion picture. (12 mins, B&W, 35mm, Preserved by George Eastman House)

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