Young America (1932)

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Mrs. Doray sits with a Juvenile Court Judge to learn more about problem children and what to do about them. One of the cases involves 13 year old Arthur, "the worst kid in town", who moves cars away from fiire-plugs without the knowledge of the owners. The judge gives Arthur and friend Nutty another chance. However they run into further trouble when they break into Mr. Doray's drugstore to get medicine for Nutty's grandmother. Mr. Doray is not sympathetic and completely against his wife's plan to become Arthur's guardian. More incidents occur with Mr. Doray quick to judge prior to getting all of the facts. Mrs. Doray must choose between her marriage and Arthur.

Film Overview
"Young America" is an American drama film released on April 17, 1932. The film was produced by Fox Film Corporation and directed by Frank Borzage. Based upon a play by Robert Emmet Sherwood and a story by Maurine Watkins, it stars Spencer Tracy and Doris Kenyon. The story is focused around two young kids, Art and Nutty, living in extreme hardship, who discover themselves knotted in acts of theft and manipulation at the hands of a local drugstore owner named Harry, who's also a bootlegger.

Main Characters & Plot
The 2 main roles, Art and Nutty, are portrayed by kid actors Tommy Conlon and Raymond Borzage, respectively. Spencer Tracy plays the character of the Assistant District Attorney James Madison 'Jim' Curley. The movie opens with Art taking a chicken to feed Nutty, due to their dire scenarios. He is apprehended however the assistant district lawyer, James, having compassion with their plight, takes it upon himself to reform Art.

Art wishes to leave his criminal life behind, however Harry, the pharmacy owner who's taking part in prohibited activities, utilizes Nutty, and forces Art to deliver unlawful alcohol under the threat of implicating Nutty. Jim discovers these activities and, while Art initially takes the blame, the fact eventually comes to light, causing a thrilling climax.

Themes & Styling
The movie checks out various styles including hardship, the justice system, social expectations, and redemption. The battles faced by Art and Nutty throughout the film portray the tough truths of the poor throughout the Great Depression. Instead of being demonized, the kids are given space to grow, change and be redeemed, enhancing the film's underlying message about understanding and compassion.

"Young America" features exceptional cinematography and records, in information, the gloominess and hardships of the period. Director Frank Borzage and Cinematographer Chester Lyons successfully used lighting, framing, and angles to mold the mood of each scene.

Casting & Performances
The performances by the young actors Tommy Conlon and Raymond Borzage are good and healthy appropriately with the age and context. Spencer Tracy, as the ADA James, brings nobility, durability, and empathy to his function, paving the way for some of his future performances that endeared him to audiences. The supporting cast likewise provided strong efficiencies, amounting to the compound and authenticity of the motion picture.

Important Analysis & Conclusion
For a pre-Code Hollywood motion picture, "Young America" took on the styles of poverty, criminal activity and redemption, and situation with maturity and depth. The film functioned as a crucial commentary on the societal chances stacked against disadvantaged youth and the possible paths for their rehab. In general, "Young America" is a well-executed drama that benefits attention for its poignant societal commentary and memorable efficiencies.

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