Years don't add up


Tagline says 7 years ago someone had tried to murder Gravelle. In the story, he disappeared when his daughter was 4 and she was now approximately 17 and wanting to get married. The newspaper article about Gravelle's disappearance was dated 1923 and the movie was made in 1936.

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I noticed that as well, but I'm easy to forgive.
Gravelle was trapped in the fire in Chicago, yet found wandering and put away in Los Angeles. Years may have passed.
It's an enjoyable story even if a mistake was made.








Yes, sir, I'm going to do nothing like she's never been done before!

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I always put it down to Madame Lily fudging the years to appear younger. Works for me. I'm just glad that daughter wasn't 12!




"I'm almost resigned to living on what I earn."

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Back then, 16 years of age was old enough for marriage without consent in most states, she must have been 14 or 15 although the years didn't add up and the actress looked much older.

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I've just watched the film and was left with exactly the same question.

In the film, her boyfriend/fiance says "I've been trying to get her mother's permission [to get married] because she's underage".

It's set in California, which is 18, right? It had to be lower than that back then though. Jerry Lee Lewis had a very young wife?

Either way, she doesn't look very old.

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Back then, 16 years of age was old enough for marriage without consent in most states


That's not true. More people (particularly women) MARRIED at that age, but they still needed parent's consent. In fact, the age of majority back then was 21, not 18.

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Came to suggest the very same thing, except I heard that she was 4 y/o when her father dies in the fire, and he's been in the sanitarium 7 years, making her eleven. Now, perhaps tack on a year here or there for Karloff to run around and she's like 13 y/o, maybe 14--i.e. underage for marriage and needing parental consent--but that actress didn't seem to me to be 14 y/o.

Excuse, please, I notice later on in the movie that when they seek the photo of Karloff's character they reference the fire being in the year 1923. If the film is from 1936, tack on 12 + 4 and you get 16 y/o, which conceivably was then and there under the age of consent to marry.

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