Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Plastic Age
Last night I watched the cutest movie, The Plastic Age, starring Clara Bow. I adore these kind of silents. It had fun flappers, speakeasies, college life in the 1920s, and just focused on youth during the Roaring Twenties. There are a couple of interesting things I wanted to point out about this film, so when YOU have a chance to see it, you can look for yourself!
Clark Gable, Carole Lombard, and Janet Gaynor appear in the film as college students. Unfortunately, the only one I was able to spot was Clark. He is spotted up on a bridge having some one on one time with a female friend. He is also in the locker room scene. The ears give him away. I tried rewinding and pausing to try and spot Janet and Carole, but I couldn't find them. I've seen Carole in an earlier silent, and she looks different than in her talkie years, so that wasn't helping. Let me know if you happen to spot them!
This film marked Gilbert Roland's first big role in a film. He was a mighty fine looking man, if I may say so. But, is it just me, or are Gilbert Roland and John Gilbert the same person?
Gilbert was of course one of Clara's many beaus, but they were pretty serious. At one point, he asked Clara's father for her hand in marriage, but SHE was the one who said no. She would frequently tell people, "Nobody's gonna own me!" Rex Bell apparently knocked down that independent, care free attitude.
There is one point in the film when the football team scores a touchdown, and the camera cuts to the team celebrating on the bench. There is this one moron who throws himself on the ground repeatedly to "celebrate." I was watching it just in complete WTF...
One kinda confusing part of the film was during the big dance and couples keep sneaking off into a secret room and coming out all loopy, and in one case, crying. We never get to peek behind the curtain though, we just have to gauge the people's faces coming out. Ummm, were they doing crack? They would only be in the room for a few minutes and come out acting goofy, and since you can't get immediately drunk...Who knows?! Like the song goes, ANYTHING GOES!
This was the movie that helped make Clara Bow famous. Of course, her biggest film was 1927's It, but this film put her right in the public's eye.
The film was based off the book of the same name by Percy Marks, a professor at Dartmouth.