Mary Hollister has two suitors. Unlike her mother and grandmother, she doesn’t want to just marry as a matter of course; she wants to choose her husband wisely. So Mary decides to go on a camping trip with both men and another couple to try out a kind of “test marriage”. At home, the plan meets with rabid disapproval from the family. But Mary flouts the interdictions, triggering a serious crisis in her parents’ marriage … Wild parties, fast cars. Boasting all the emblems of the youth culture of the era, Wine of Youth opens as a resounding celebration of the Jazz Age, whose mavens seem to know no moral bounds. But because the film attributed to Mary a high sense of responsibility, it also showed that not everyone who fell in love primarily while doing a polka or a stately waltz is necessarily a tyrannical, hopeless old fogey or a hypocrite. Sporting none of the alluring trappings of a flapper, Eleanor Boardman, who would later play the epitome of a modern woman in The Crowd, proved to be ideal casting in King Vidor’s generational drama, playing a young woman with an inquiring mind and a desire for freedom. She proved the admiration was mutual in 1926 by marrying the director.
by King Vidor
With Eleanor Boardman, James Morrison, Johnnie Walker, Niles Welch, Creighton Hale, Ben Lyon, William Haines, William Collier Jr., Pauline Garon, Eulalie Jensen
USA 1924 English intertitles 72’ Black/White, 16 mm

With

  • Eleanor Boardman
  • James Morrison
  • Johnnie Walker
  • Niles Welch
  • Creighton Hale
  • Ben Lyon
  • William Haines
  • William Collier Jr.
  • Pauline Garon
  • Eulalie Jensen

Crew

DirectorKing Vidor
ScreenplayCarey Wilson
StoryRachel Crothers, Mary the Third: a Comedy in Prologue and Three Acts (1923)
Art DirectorCharles L. Cadwallader
Assistant DirectorDavid Howard
ProducersKing Vidor, Louis B. Mayer

Produced by

Metro-Goldwyn Pictures Corp.

Additional information

Print: From the collection of the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, NY

King Vidor

Filmography (selection)

1919 The Turn in the Road; Lost film 1925 The Big Parade (Die große Parade) 1928 The Crowd (Ein Mensch der Masse) 1929 Hallelujah 1934 Our Daily Bread (Der letzte Alarm) 1938 The Citadel 1940 Northwest Passage (Nordwest-Passage) 1947 Duel in the Sun (Duell in der Sonne) 1949 The Fountainhead (Ein Mann wie Sprengstoff) 1956 War and Peace (Krieg und Frieden) 1959 Solomon and Sheba (Salomon und die Königin von Saba)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020