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Accent on Youth


by Samson Raphaelson

Accent on Youth is a Broadway play written by Samson Raphaelson which debuted on Christmas Day, 1934. The plot concerns a lazy, middle-aged playwright who is spurred to write by his new young secretary. The original cast included Nicholas Hannen as playwright Steven Gaye and Constance Cummings as secretary Linda Brown.

The play has been filmed several times. The 1935 movie Accent on Youth starred Herbert Marshall and Sylvia Sydney. The second film version was a musical and titled Mr. Music in 1950, starring Bing Crosby and Nancy Olson. The third film version, titled But Not For Me (1959), starred Clark Gable with Carroll Baker.

The Manhattan Theatre Club will stage a limited-engagement revival of the play opening April 7, 2009 in previews, featuring David Hyde Pierce, Charles Kimbrough, and Mary Catherine Garrison, with Daniel J. Sullivan as director.[1]

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1935 2009
William Carpenter Chuck
Ernest Cossart Flogdell
Constance Cummings Linda Brown
Nicholas Hannen Steven Gaye
Eleanor Hicks Miss Darling
Ernest Lawford Frank Galloway
Al. Moore Butch
Theodore Newton Dickie Reynolds
Irene Purcell Genevieve Lang
Lisa Banes Miss Darling
Rosie Benton Genevieve Lang
Curt Bouril Butch
David Furr Dickie Reynolds
Mary Catherine Garrison Linda Brown
Byron Jennings Frank Galloway
Charles Kimbrough Flogdell
David Hyde Pierce Steven Gaye
John Wernke Chuck




Accent on Youth, a Broadway comedy from the 1934-35 season, premiered in April 2009 (specific dates will be announced). According to MTC, “David Hyde Pierce heads the cast in this rollicking salute to love’s possibilities, both on stage and off. Successful playwright Stephen Gaye (Pierce) is about to abandon his latest script, when his young secretary offers him new inspiration. With her as his muse, he stages the show on Broadway, only to learn, to his dismay, that the show’s young leading man is being inspired by her too. In this fresh look at Samson Raphaelson’s brilliantly clever comedy, the Tony Award-winning actor of Curtains and Monty Python’s Spamalot returns to MTC…”


Opening & Closing Dates
Type & Version

Dec 25, 1934 – Jul 6, 1935

Play / Original

Plymouth Theatre, NY, USA

Apr 29, 2009 – Jun 28, 2009

Play / Revival

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, NY, USA




References Accent on Youth 2009

2.Accent on Youth at IBDB