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This Day and Age Details


Cecil B. DeMille's This Day and Age was perhaps the most Draconian entry in Hollywood's early-1930s "vigilante" film cycle. Richard Cromwell heads a group of civic-minded teenagers in a small midwestern town. When a lovable old tailor (Harry Green) is murdered by a notorious gangster (Charles Bickford), Cromwell and his pals demand justice. But the local government is terrified by the influential gangster; in fact, many of the city fathers are on the take. Enraged, the kids take matters in their own hands. In the near-fascist climax, a mob of teenagers kidnap Bickford, spirit him away to the city dump, and suspend him over a pit of rats until he confesses to the murder! This Day and Age was the sort of Depression-engendered film of desperation that all but vanished once Franklin Roosevelt was elected. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:August 25, 1933


Charles Bickford
as Garrett
Judith Allen
as Gay Merrick
Richard Cromwell
as Steve Smith
Eddie Nugent
as Don Merrick
Ben Alexander
as Morry Dover
Harry Green
as Herman
Fuzzy Knight
as Max
Wade Boteler
as The Sheriff
Bradley Page
as Toledo
George Bancroft
Warner P. Richmond
as Defense Attorney
Howard Lang
as City Editor
Samuel S. Hinds
as Mayor
Nella Walker
as Little Fellow's Mother
John Carradine
as High school speaker
Mickey Daniels
as Mosher
Oscar Rudolph
as Gus
Harry C. Bradley
as Mr. Smith
Billy Gilbert
as Manager of Night Club
Charles B. Middleton
as District Attorney
Guy Usher
as Chief of Police
George Barbier
as Judge McGuire
Louise Carter
as Mrs. Smith
Don "Red" Barry
as Young Man


Cecil B. DeMille
Cecil B. DeMille
Bartlett Cormack
J. Peverell Marley
Abel Baer
Composer (Music Score)
Anne Bauchens