An inexplicably neglected film from producer David Selznick, The Young in Heart (1938) was Janet Gaynor’s last film before she retired from the screen to marry MGM costume designer Adrian (Gaynor made one last big screen appearance in 1959’s Bernardine, starring Pat Boone). In The Young in Heart, Gaynor plays the daughter in a family of con artists, the Carletons, who meet a sweet old lady, Miss Ellen Fortune (Minnie Dupree), on a train. At loose ends after being driven out of Monte Carlo, the family learns that Miss Fortune is rich, and sets out to bilk her, moving into her London home. To allay her lawyer’s suspicion about their motives, the Carleton men go to work. The father (Roland Young) becomes a salesman for the “Flying Wombat,” a futuristic car, and son Richard (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.) gets a job as a mail clerk. But soon Miss Fortune’s goodness and generosity make them re-think their scheme. —TCM
Richard Wallace (August 26, 1894 – November 3, 1951) was an American film director.
In 1926, Wallace began directing feature-length films. He began working in the editing department at Mack Sennett Studios in the early 1930s. He later moved on to rival Hal Roach Studios where he began directing two-reel films, some of which he collaborated with Stan Laurel.
Several of Wallace’s memorable films include three Shirley Temple films, A Night to Remember (1943) with Loretta Young, and The Little Minister (1934) with Katharine Hepburn. He was a founding member of the Directors Guild of America. —Wikipedia