Age for Love (1931): Frank Lloyd’s Pre-Code Comedy, Starring Billie Dove (Howard Hughes Mistress)

Frank Lloyd directed Age for Love, a pre-Code comedy, based on the 1930 novel of the same name by Ernest Pascal.

Age for Love
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Film poster

The film was a vehicle for Howard Hughes’ mistress Billie Dove.

Though it was a commercial failure, it did not stop Hughes funding another film for Billie Dove.

The film’s music includes “I’m Chuck Full of Kisses” (music by Alfred Newman, lyrics by screenwriter David Silverstein) and “Just Another Night” (again by Alfred Newman, Con Conrad and David Silverstein).

Billie Dove as Jean Hurd
Charles Starrett as Dudley Crome
Lois Wilson as Sylvia Pearson
Edward Everett Horton as Horace Keats
Mary Duncan as Nina Donnet
Adrian Morris as Jeff Aldrich
Betty Ross Clarke as Dot Aldrich
Vivien Oakland as Grace (*as Vivian Oakland)
George Beranger as The Poet (*as Andred Beranger)
Jed Prouty as Floyd Evans
Joan Standing as Eleanor
Alice Moe as Annie
Charles Sellon as Mr. Pearson
Pierre de Ramey as Jules (*as County Pierre de Ramey)
Cecil Cunningham as Pamela
Edna Heard as Singer

Directed by Frank Lloyd
Written by Ernest Pascal, Lloyd, based on The Age of Love by Ernest Pascal
Produced by Lloyd, Howard Hughes
Cinematography Harry Fischbeck, John F. Seitz
Edited by W. Duncan Mansfield
Music by Alfred Newman
Distributed by United Artists

Release date: October 17, 1931

Running time: 81 minutes