Wednesday, September 7, 2016
RETRO FILES / CLARA BOW IN THE PLASTIC AGE (1925)
Save Our Heritage Org.’s silent film series continues this evening with the showing of “The Plastic Age,” a 1925 silent starring the “it” girl of the Roaring 20s Clara Bow. It is also Gilbert Roland’s first role and Clark Gable appears as a frat house extra. Donald Keith is the co-star.
When: September 11, 2016, 7:30 pm
Where: Adobe Chapel, 3963 Conde Street in Old Town San Diego
Time: 7:30pm · 73 minutes
Seating is limited;
Online advance ticket purchase: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2512990
Tickets in person: Whaley House Museum Shop
2476 San Diego Avenue in historic Old Town San Diego
“The Plastic Age” takes some tried and true elements, throws them together in a then-modern story of booze, flappers and football, and adds in the spiciness of Clara Bow for an enjoyable 73 minutes of entertainment - just perfect for a movie out of the midst of the Jazz Age.
The film was based on a best-selling novel from 1924 of the same name, written by Percy Marks, a Brown University English instructor who chronicled the life of the fast-set of that university. One of the best of Clara Bow's pre-Paramount vehicles, The Plastic Age is a satire of college life, circa 1925. Bow is cast as vivacious co-ed Cynthia Day, the sweetheart of Prescott College.
Cynthia's own sweetheart is handsome campus football hero Hugh Carver (Donald Keith), who arrives at Prescott determined to make his parents proud of him. But the pervading "party on" atmosphere at the college threatens to erode Hugh's values - and even worse, begins to affect his performance on the football field.
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