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The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence(1934)


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Philip Moeller made his screen directing debut in the film, and Edith Van Cleve made her screen acting debut. RKO borrowed John Boles from Fox for the project. According to modern sources, photographer James Van Trees and his crew were borrowed from Twentieth Century. A Hollywood Reporter news item states that RKO wanted Lowell Sherman to direct the film, but conflicting obligations at Universal prohibited him from accepting the job. According to a Film Daily news item, Katharine Hepburn was considered for the part of "Ellen." Hollywood Reporter production charts list Jane Murfin as a co-writer with Heerman. Her contribution to the final film has not been determined. In 1924, Wesley Ruggles directed Edith Roberts and Elliott Dexter in a silent Warner Bros. version of Edith Wharton's novel (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0064). Edith Warton's novel also formed the basis for the 1993 Columbia film The Age of Innocence, directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Winona Ryder.