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The Young in Heart [Blu-ray]
(Richard Wallace, Lewis Milestone, Gilbert Pratt, Richard Thorpe, 1938)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Selznick International Pictures
Video: Kino Lorber
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 22,276,425,204 bytes
Feature Size: 20,075,243,520 bytes
Video Bitrate: 26.14 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: January 9th, 2018
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 1554 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1554 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
• Trailer (3:25)
Description:A family of con artists accidentally work their best scam ever... on themselves... in this pleasantly fantastic romantic comedy. Starring Janet Gaynor (A Star is Born), Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (Gunga Din) and Paulette Goddard (Modern Times) - The Young in Heart is an irresistible tale that's shot through with laughter. The Carleton family will do anything for money... except work. Taken in by a rich, lonely old lady, George-Anne Carleton (Gaynor), the savvy and cynical baby of the family, hatches the perfect plan: pretending to be decent hardworking people in the hopes that old lady will rewrite her will in their favor! But how long can you play a role before you actually become it? Richard Wallace (The Fallen Sparrow) directed this David O. Selznick (Since You Went Away) production, featuring a strong supporting cast that includes Roland Young (Topper), Billie Burke (The Wizard of Oz) and Richard Carlson (The Maze).
Selznick's The Young in Heart goes for quiet chuckles rather than bellylaughs. Adapted by Paul Osborn and Charles Bennett from a short story by I. R. Wylie, the film concentrates on a family of confidence tricksters. Paterfamilias Roland Young poses as a veteran of the Bengal Lancers in order to insinuate himself into high society; his birdbrained wife Billie Burke willingly goes along with any scheme her husband cooks up; and their work-resistant offspring Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Janet Gaynor scheme to marry into weatlth. Right now, Janet's target is Scottish millionaire Richard Carlson (making his screen debut) to fill the family's coffers. The whole family teams up to fleece a wealthy old lady called Miss Fortune,played with showstopping relish by Broadway veteran Minnie Dupree. Through Miss Fortune's sweet, unassuming example, everyone in the family begins to reform. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. makes the supreme sacrifice of taking a job-which has the salutary effect of winning him the affections of poor-but-honest Paulette Goddard. Young in Heart originally ended with Miss Fortune passing away while surrounded by the repentant family; preview audiences hated this denouement, obliging Selznick to film a new ending, with Minnie Dupree joyously tooling about on a motorcyle! Our favorite scene: Roland Young and Douglas Fairbanks Jr. at a construction site, comparing the workers to insects.
A comparatively little-known entry in the "screwball comedy" genre,
David O. An inexplicably neglected film from producer David Selznick,
The Young in Heart (1938) was Janet Gaynor's last film before she
retired from the screen to marry MGM costume designer Adrian (Gaynor
made one last big screen appearance in 1959's Bernardine,
starring Pat Boone). In The Young in Heart, Gaynor plays the
daughter in a family of con artists, the Carletons, who meet a sweet old
lady, Miss Ellen Fortune (Minnie Dupree), on a train. At loose ends
after being driven out of Monte Carlo, the family learns that Miss
Fortune is rich, and sets out to bilk her, moving into her London home.
To allay her lawyer's suspicion about their motives, the Carleton men go
to work. The father (Roland Young) becomes a salesman for the "Flying
Wombat," a futuristic car, and son Richard (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.) gets
a job as a mail clerk. But soon Miss Fortune's goodness and generosity
make them re-think their scheme.
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
The single-layered Kino Lorber Blu-ray of The Young in Heart looks very good in 1080P. The image is grain-rich with pleasing contrast and some surprising detail. The source is, relatively, clean, and I noticed prominent scratches or speckles. This Blu-ray gave me a very watchable, and pleasurable, viewing in regards to the picture quality.
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Kino Lorber use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track at 1554 kbps in the original English language.The lively Franz Waxman (Dark Passage, Rebecca, Bride of Frankenstein, Rear Window, Sunset Boulevard) score, plus some other pieces arranged by Waxman (The Campbells Are Coming, Long, Long Ago, Chopin's Funeral March, Verdi's "Il Trovatore", Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries, Strauss' The Blue Danube) sound superb - light with an air of comic urgency. There are optional English subtitles offered and my Oppo has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.
Only a trailer for the film - and some other trailers.
January 3rd, 2018