That Certain Age


1h 35m 1938

Brief Synopsis

Dashing reporter Vincent Bullit has just returned from covering the Spanish Civil War. His boss, newspaper magnate Fullerton, has more plans to send him off to China. However, first Fullerton invites Bullit to the peace and quiet of his own home to write a series of European affair articles. When Fullerton's adolescent daughter Alice develops a crush on Bullit, her suitor, boyscout Ken Warren, doesn't seem to stand a chance. Mr. and Mrs. Fullerton, Ken Warren, and even Vincent Bullit himself do their best to sway young Alice's feelings away from the older man. It's a difficult task though, as she is at 'that certain age.'

Photos & Videos

That Certain Age - Scene Stills
That Certain Age - Publicity Stills
That Certain Age - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
That Certain Age - Movie Posters

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 7, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
11 reels

Synopsis

Boy scout Ken Warren suggests that the troup put on a show to raise money to help poor scouts attend camp. Fifteen-year-old Alice Fullerton, whose father Bill is a newspaper publisher, offers her family's guest house as rehearsal space. At the same time, Bill offers the house to reporter Vince Bullit so that he can finish an article on the events in Europe in peace and quiet. When Alice and her friends hear this, they decide to drive Vince away. They pretend that the house is haunted, but after Vince discovers the string that they are using to pull a piece of furniture across the room, he confronts them. They tell him their problem and he admits that he would like to leave, but cannot convince Bill that he should go back to town. When Alice hears that Vince is ill, she decides it is her duty to take care of him, especially because she has since developed a crush on him. Ken, who is in love with Alice, is hurt by her infatuation, and out of pique, replaces her with Mary Lee, another singer. The Fullertons plan a party in honor of Vince's birthday. Alice sells her costume and some other things in order to buy Vince an expensive cigarette lighter. The night of the party, Alice borrows one of her mother's dresses in order to look older, and when her mother sends her back to change, she refuses to come downstairs again. Ken tells Vince that Alice is in love with him and Vince tells Alice's parents. Mrs. Fullerton, remembering her own schoolgirl infatuation, gently tries to discourage her daughter, but Alice is resolved to marry Vince. When reporter Grace Bristow joins the party, Mrs. Fullerton is inspired to present her as Vince's wife. Alice is immediately cured of her crush, and when Mary Lee develops an illness, she is glad to step into her old role in the show.

Photo Collections

That Certain Age - Scene Stills
Here are several scene stills from Universal Pictures' That Certain Age (1938), starring Deanna Durbin, Jackie Cooper, and Melvyn Douglas.
That Certain Age - Publicity Stills
Here are a few photos taken to help publicize Universal Pictures' That Certain Age (1938), starring Deanna Durbin, Jackie Cooper, and Melvyn Douglas. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
That Certain Age - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of Universal Pictures' That Certain Age (1938), starring Deanna Durbin, Jackie Cooper, and Melvyn Douglas.
That Certain Age - Movie Posters
Here are a few movie posters from Universal Pictures' That Certain Age (1938), starring Deanna Durbin, Jackie Cooper, and Melvyn Douglas.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 7, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
11 reels

Award Nominations

Best Song

1938

Best Sound

1938

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

According to Hollywood Reporter production news items, twins Florence and Bobby Pepper were signed for the film and trumpeter Leonard Sues was a featured performer. Their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Deanna Durbin received a special Oscar in 1939 for her work in both That Certain Age and Mad About Music (see Mad About Music for more information). According to Motion Picture Herald "In the Cutting Room" and Hollywood Reporter production charts, Billy Wilder and Charles Brackett contributed to the screenplay.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1938

Released in United States 1938