The Plastic Age (film)

The Plastic Age (film)

Infobox Film
name = The Plastic Age

image_size = 200px
caption = Reprint of the promotional poster
director = Wesley Ruggles
producer = B.P. Schulberg
writer = Frederica Sagor
Eve Unsell
starring = Donald Keith
Mary Alden
Clara Bow
Clark Gable
music =
cinematography = Allen G. Siegler
Gilbert Warrenton
editing =
distributor = Preferred Pictures Corporation
released = flagicon|US September 15, 1925
July 18, 1926 (New York City, New York)
flagicon|Finland April 23, 1928
runtime = 73 minutes
country = USA
language = Silent film
English intertitles
budget =
amg_id = 1:106205
imdb_id = 0016226

"The Plastic Age" (1925) is a black-and-white silent film starring Clara Bow and Gilbert Roland. Also appearing in otherwise minor, uncredited roles are future film stars Janet Gaynor, Clark Gable, and Carole Lombard. The film survives today not only on 16 mm film, but also on video and DVD. The film was based on the best-selling 1924 novel "The Plastic Age" by Percy Marks. It was adapted for the screen by Frederica Sagor Maas.


Hugh Carver is an athletic star and a freshman at Prescott College. He falls in love with Cynthia Day, a popular girl who loves to go to parties. He finds that it is impossible to please her and still keep up with his studies and his athletic training, and soon the two face some difficult decisions.


"The Plastic Age" was based on a book of the same name written by Dartmouth professor Percy Marks and published in 1924. It was Preferred Pictures' biggest money-maker to date and a huge hit with audiences.

The copy reviewed is Image Entertainment's DVD version produced by David Shepard and his company Film Preservation Associates, offered as a double-feature DVD with "The Show-Off" (1926). It was mastered from a 16mm print. The music score by Eric Beheim uses original arrangements of authentic music of the period. [cite web
url =
title = Commentary on The Plastic Age
publisher =
accessdate = 2007-01-26


* Donald Keith as Hugh Carver
* Mary Alden as Mrs. Carver
* Henry B. Walthall as Henry Carver
* Gilbert Roland as Carl Peters
* Clara Bow as Cynthia Day
* David Butler as Coach Henley


* Clark Gable as Athlete
* Janet Gaynor as Extra
* Gwen Lee as Carl's girl
* Carole Lombard as Extra


External links

*imdb title|id=0016226|title=The Plastic Age

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