Rotten Tomatoes

Movies / TV


      No Results Found

      View All
      Movies Tv shows Shop News Showtimes

      Young America

      Released Apr 17, 1932 1h 10m Drama List
      Reviews 50% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Arthur runs away from the druggists wife and when he returns he discovers a robbery in progress. Read More Read Less

      Audience Reviews

      View All (4) audience reviews
      Audience Member good drama but no 'star vehicle' for top billed tracy. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Uneven but entertaining drama has teen Arthur (Tommy Conlon) being accused of being the worst kid in town. Trying to help a friend's grandmother, he breaks into a store to steal some medicine but is caught. In court the judge (Ralph Bellamy) is about to send him to a juvenile jail but the store owner (Spencer Tracy) and his wife (Doris Kenyon) end up taking the kid home. The store owner is against it but the wife believes a good home can change a bad kid. This is a fast paced and entertaining little film even though the subject matter brings up some rather false notes as well as being too heavy at times. The biggest fault I had with the movie is that it tries to argue that bad kids can be good if they have a loving family and a nice place to live yet the main guy here, Arthur, isn't ever shown as a bad kid. He gets in trouble two separate times but both times he does so for the good of another person. Since he's doing good deeds it's hard for the film to argue about what bad kids need. With that said, the movie still works due in large part to some very good performances. Tracy gets top-billing but he's basically just here in a supporting role. He offers up another fine performance as he has no trouble playing the jerk who wants to see the young kid thrown in jail. Kenyon is equally good as the woman who wants to change the kid. Conlon never had much of a career, which is somewhat a surprise since his performance is better than many other child stars of his time. The director's son plays Arthur's best friend and does a nice job as well. Ralph Bellamy gets third viewing but this is pretty much his film as a judge who tries to understand troubled kids. The caring nature of the character is really brought out by Bellamy who sadly has been forgotten as an actor, which is a shame because he was one of the best character actors out there. 3-16-14 Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member A very worthy film about delinquent youths in 1930s America, directed by the great Frank Borzage, that overeggs its tale and becomes a tad preachy. There is, however, some wonderful outside photography and the child actors aren't all that bad. There are better films about youth problems and crime, though, such as Angels with Dirty Faces etc. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Overly melodramatic, but a great vehicle for young actor Tom Conlon. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

      Cast & Crew

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Arthur runs away from the druggists wife and when he returns he discovers a robbery in progress.
      Frank Borzage
      William Fox
      William M. Conselman
      Production Co
      Fox Film Corporation
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Apr 17, 1932, Original
      1h 10m