Our Hearts Were Growing Up


1h 23m 1946

Brief Synopsis

Cornelia and Emily, at college in the early 1920s, have triangle trouble with their beaus. Their affairs become entangled with those of a chance-met, kindly bootlegger. Much of the humor derives from pre-Roaring Twenties naivity.

Film Details

Release Date
Jun 14, 1946
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 23m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

The girls of Lowell College in Boston take a bus to a Boston theater for a night out. During the play, seventeen-year-old Cornelia Otis Skinner sneaks out to meet her Princeton boyfriend, Avery Moore, a football player. Despite her friend Emily Kimbrough's warnings to be back before the play ends, Cornelia and Avery's cab arrives too late, and they are caught kissing by Miss Dill, Lowell's martinet dean. When actress Suzanne Carter, who appeared in the play, sees Avery outside the theater, she insists that he take her out for a drink, and Emily stays behind to eavesdrop. She learns that Suzanne is planning a party for Avery after the Princeton-Harvard game, and Avery insists that Cornelia and Emily and her boyfriend, Dr. Tom Newhall, also be invited. When Tom is late meeting the girls at Penn Station, they ask bootlegger Tony Minnetti to pose as Emily's "Uncle Eddie" so that Miss Dill will think they have a chaperone. Tony and his partner, Peanuts Schultz, use the girls to get two suitcases of champagne past federal agents. Once they arrive in Princeton, however, they are separated, and the girls find themselves with "Uncle Eddie's" bootlegged liquor. In a panic, Emily pours the liquor down the drain. Meanwhile, Suzanne's mother, Mrs. Southworth, waits for Tony to deliver the champagne for Suzanne's party. Princeton loses the game, and at the post-game party, to impress Avery and annoy Suzanne, Cornelia boasts that she can provide champagne for Suzanne's dance, unaware that Emily has thrown it away. The girls fill the bottles with a drugstore tonic, but after the first toast, Tony announces that they have been drinking poisonous wood alcohol. Tom prescribes an antidote of vinegar, eggs and milk, and when Suzanne threatens to call the police on Tony, Cornelia and Emily confess that they filled the bottles with tonic. Furious at the humiliation, Tom and Avery break up with the girls, and Avery begins dating Suzanne. To win Avery back, Cornelia rents a Greenwich Village an artist's flat with Emily in the hopes of becoming an actress over her school break. Roland Du Frere, a hungry Bohemian who is prone to histrionics, invites the girls to meet a brilliant theatrical producer named Bubchenko, and promises Cornelia a role in his new play. After an expensive meal, the men leave the girls with the check. Avery, meanwhile, is being coached by Suzanne to appear in the Princeton Triangle variety show. Tony uses his influence to get Cornelia one line in a play, then hosts a party for her on opening night. Schultz shanghais the boys into coming to the party, but they escape. Suzanne, angry for being stood up by Avery, calls the police on Tony, and the boys go to the girls' rescue. When the police raid Tony's flat for serving liquor to minors, Tom and Avery carry the girls out on a stretcher. Later, at the train station, Cornelia and Emily kiss their boyfriends goodbye, and Tony is asked by a college girl to be her chaperone.

Cast

Gail Russell

Cornelia Otis Skinner

Diana Lynn

Emily Kimbrough

Brian Donlevy

Tony Minnetti, also known as Uncle Eddie

Billy De Wolfe

Roland Du Frere

James Brown

Avery Moore

Bill Edwards

Dr. Tom Newhall

William Demarest

Peanuts Schultz

Sharon Douglas

Suzanne Carter

Mary Hatcher

"Dibs" Downing

Sara Haden

Miss Dill

Mikhail Rasumny

Bubchenko

Isabel Randolph

Mrs. Southworth

Frank Faylen

Federal agent

Virginia Farmer

Miss Thatcher

Ann Doran

Monica Lonsdale

Douglas Walton

Terence Marlowe

Nell Craig

Teacher

Charles Williams

Taxi driver

Ed Randolph

Taxi driver

John "skins" Miller

Taxi driver

Matt Mchugh

Taxi driver

William Meader

Federal agent

Jack Overman

"Face" at Maxie's speakeasy

Garry Owen

Bellboy

Byron [s.] Barr

Roger

Bea Allen

Blonde in station

Eddie Carnegie

Clerk in newstand

Ray Turner

Red Cap

Audrey Young

Patricia Wilde

Sam Ash

Old grad

Joseph J. Greene

Old grad

Walter Fenner

Old grad

Joel Mcginnis

Bill

Roland Dupree

Freshman

Charles Saggau

Freshman

John Indrisano

Maxie

Pat Phelan

Upper classmen

Albert Ruiz

Elevator boy, Dean

Cy Ring

Hotel desk clerk

Frances Raymond

Woman in elevator

Edgar Norton

Butler

Ralph Brooke

Fraternity brother

John James

Fraternity brother

Georges Renavent

Maitre 'd

Charles Moore

Porter

Mona Freeman

Girl

Walter Wilson

Usher

Walter Baldwin

Druggist

Hobart Cavanaugh

Mr. Dudley

Kernan Cripps

Sergeant on stage

Gladys Gale

Mrs. Appley

Al Hill

Louie

Guy Zanette

Barney

Theodore Rand

Gangster

Sam Finn

Gangster

Benny Burt

Gangster

Sam Bagley

Gangster

Giorgio Restivo

Gangster

Henry Russell

Gangster

John Jennings

Gangster

Robert E. Homans

Doorman

Arthur Loft

Desk sergeant

Eddie Kane

Headwaiter

James Millican

Stage manager

Pierre Watkin

Producer

Crane Whitley

Casting director

Brick Sullivan

Policeman

Jack Lindquist

Newsboy

Dorothy Jean Reisner

Lowell schoolgirl

Marianne Stewart

Lowell schoolgirl

Gwen Martin

Lowell schoolgirl

Mary Kay Jones

Lowell schoolgirl

Ada Ruth Butcher

Lowell schoolgirl

Patricia Murphy

Lowell schoolgirl

Valmere Barman

Lowell schoolgirl

Carol Deere

Lowell schoolgirl

Margaret Field

Lowell schoolgirl

Olive Mccabe

Victor Travers

Art Thompson

Harry Adams

Film Details

Release Date
Jun 14, 1946
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 23m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The written foreword to the film states: "If this story were true (which it isn't)-And these events were real (which they aren't)-It would have all started back in those early twenties-when stocks were up-skirts were down and a girl's best friend was her mother's bootlegger." This film was a sequel to the 1944 Paramount film Our Hearts Were Young and Gay (see below), and follows the youthful lives of actress Cornelia Otis Skinner and writer Emily Kimbrough. The 1944 film was based on Skinner and Kimbrough's autobiographical book of the same title. Gail Russell, Diana Lynn, James Brown and Bill Edwards recreated their roles from the earlier film. According to a January 25, 1945 Hollywood Reporter news item, Skinner and Kimbrough took legal action against Paramount to prevent a sequel. A judge ruled in favor of the studio. A pre-production news item lists Jean Heather, Nancy Porter, Gloria Saunders and Kay Scott in the cast, but their participation in the released film has not been confirmed.