The Truth About Youth (1930) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Truth About Youth (1930)





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In this drama, a cabaret chanteuse has a number of meaningless affairs with wealthy older men until an innocent young man falls in love with her. The naive young man is really disappointed when she disdains him. He then falls for a younger woman, but she too rejects him in favor of a wealthy middle-aged man.


Loretta Young
as Phyllis Ericson
David Manners
as Richard 'The Imp' Dane
Myrna Loy
as Kara - the Firefly
Conway Tearle
as Richard Carewe
Harry Stubbs
as Horace Palmer
Myrtle Stedman
as Mrs. Ericson
Yola d'Avril
as Babette
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Critic Reviews for The Truth About Youth

All Critics (1)

...briefly flickers to life when [Myrna] Loy comes on as slinky nightclub singer "The Firefly," seducing [Loretta] Young's betrothed...

February 19, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Truth About Youth


It's always nice to see Myrna Loy and Loretta Young, and despite portions of the story being cliché, there's nothing really wrong with the plot of this relatively short movie. David Manners plays a young man who is intended for Young, but finds himself seduced by Loy, who is a nightclub performer and gold-digger. Unfortunately, the execution of the film is sub-par: too much of the dialog is overly polished and doesn't ring true, and there's something that's just 'off'. I think it's Manners as well as Conway Tearle, who plays his foster father. I wasn't wild about Loy's nightclub performances which are clearly dubbed, and what a gold opportunity director William A. Seiter had there. Young expresses hidden desire for Tearle well, and there is also some nice comic relief from a couple of friends of his (J. Farrell MacDonald and Harry Stubbs), but it's not enough to make this a good movie. A better one from 1930 with boy Loy and Young that you probably would enjoy more is 'The Devil to Pay!', which also starred Ronald Colman.

Antonius Block
Antonius Block

Super Reviewer


Now that they've got the page up for this movie I can't hardly remember it. I gave it a low rating at the time I saw it, so I must not have been very impressed by it. This is a romantic drama, and it has a couple of good actor, which was probably the reason I watched it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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