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The Romantic Age

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Director  Edmond T. Greville
Music director  Charles Williams
Country  United Kingdom
5.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy
Language  English
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Release date  29 November 1949
Based on  Serge Veber (novel "Lycee des jeunes filles")
Writer  Serge Veber (novel), Peggy Barwell, Edward Dryhurst
Initial release  November 29, 1949 (London)
Screenplay  Edward Dryhurst, Peggy Barwell
Cast  Hugh Williams (Arnold Dickson), Mai Zetterling (Arlette), Petula Clark (Julie Dickson), Margot Grahame (Helen Dickson), Carol Marsh (Patricia), Raymond Lovell (Hedges)
Similar movies  Related Edmond T Greville movies

The romantic age

The Romantic Age is a 1949 British drama film directed by Edmond T. Gréville. The screenplay by Peggy Barwell and Edward Dryhurst is based on the French novel Lycee des jeunes filles by Serge Véber. The film was retitled Naughty Arlette for the American release.


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The plot focuses on middle-aged Arnold Dickson, an art master who joins the staff of the girls' school in which his daughter Julie is enrolled. He soon finds himself the target of Arlette, a sophisticated French exchange student who has more than education on her mind. On a dare, she seduces the professor into running off to Paris with her, a plot derailed by Julie when she orchestrates a scheme designed to help him put the affair into perspective.

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Principal cast

  • Hugh Williams ..... Arnold Dickson
  • Mai Zetterling ..... Arlette
  • Petula Clark ..... Julie Dickson
  • Margot Grahame ..... Helen Dickson
  • Carol Marsh ..... Patricia
  • Raymond Lovell ..... Hedge
  • Paul Dupuis ..... Henri Sinclair
  • Margaret Barton ..... Bessie
  • Marie Ney ..... Miss Hallam
  • Mark Daly ..... Withers
  • Critical reception

    Picturegoer called the film a "flimsy, but in parts not unamusing trifle" that is "very theatrical" and added, "Mai Zetterling has an unsuitable role for her as a French girl and Hugh Williams is suitably stodgy as the master. His wife is well characterised by Margot Grahame and Petula Clark is charming and ingenuous as his daughter."

    Today's Cimema described it as a "rather dull story" that "lacks the sparkle and fun that would have widened its appeal . . . Mai Zetterling is too mature for the role of Arlette, for her mannerisms become irritating and her attitude quite absurd. Petula Clark is much more successful as the master's charming daughter Julie, for she has been given a role suited to her age and experience . . . The Romantic Age should amuse adolescents who may be more able to appreciate its point but it is unlikely to be equally entertaining to adults."

    TV Guide rates the film two out of a possible four stars and comments, "It's not a particularly tasteful theme, nor is the comedy handled with the wit necessary to pull it off. The results are fairly pedestrian and lack any real style".


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