"I don't know what the younger generation is coming to." Like so many parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas want what's best for their children. Like so many children, twentyish Ralph and Phyllis insist on finding out what's best for themselves.
"I don't know what the younger generation is coming to." Like so many parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas want what's best for their children. Like so many children, twentyish Ralph (Robert Young) and Phyllis (Margaret Perry) insist on finding out what's best for themselves. He wants to decamp for Paris and the bohemian life of an artist. She has eyes for a married man. The siblings are sure they're very different from their parents. Instead, they'll learn they're very much the same.
Robert Young had top billing for the first time in this effective morality tale based on a play by John Van Druten (Gaslight, the stage's I Am a Camera). Myrna Loy plays the young beauty who shares Paris, morning coffee and new morals with Ralph.
NEW MORALS FOR OLD was the teasing title for a somewhat sedate film about the ongoing rejection of middle-class values by the youth of America. Robert Young, Myrna Loy, Donald Cook and Margaret Perry are among the freethinking young folk whose attitudes clash with those of their elders (including Lewis Stone, Laura Hope Crews and Jean Hersholt). The film's main crisis is nothing more scandalous than Robert Young's plans to pursue an art career over his father's objections. In an ironic coda, the younger people eventually marry, settle down, and become moralistic fuddy-duddies themselves. NEW MORALS FOR OLD was based on the John Van Druten play AFTER ALL, which was set in London and thus added class consciousness to the basic generation-gap theme.
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