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You're Only Young Twice (1952)

| Comedy | July 1952 (UK)
Ada Shore is mistaken for a new secretary, she brings a breath of fresh air to the traditional university.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Duncan Macrae ...
Prof. Hayman
Joseph Tomelty ...
Dan McEntee
Sir Archibald Asher
Charles Hawtrey ...
Adolphus Hayman
Diane Hart ...
Ada Shore
Robert Urquhart ...
Edward Lexy ...
Lord Carshennie
Jacqueline Mackenzie ...
Reginald Beckwith ...
BBC Commentator
Russell Waters
Student (as Ronald Corbett)
Wendy Noel
Eric Woodburn ...
The Bedellus
Molly Urquhart ...
Lady Duffy
Roddy McMillan


A young woman (Diane Hart) arrives at a Scottish university to visit her uncle (Joseph Tomelty), a famous writer now employed as a humble porter, who went into hiding during the Irish Civil War some thirty years earlier. The principal of the university (Patrick Barr) assumes she is his new secretary and she falls in with this. A senior professor (Duncan Macrae) starts a campaign to improve the morals of the students, and enlists his pompous son (Charles Hawtrey) in his crusade, with farcical results. Written by Paul Terry

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Feature-film debut of Robert Urquhart. See more »

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Disclaimer in opening titles: "The Producers are grateful for the co-operation of the University of Glasgow. Nevertheless... All persons, places and incidents in this film are inventions. The traditions and customs of the four Scottish Universities differ widely in each... In this fifth University they differ more widely still." See more »

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Flat Scottish comedy only comes to life when Charles Hawtrey is on screen
23 January 2016 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Beginning with crowds of young people (played by genuine Glasgow students) misbehaving in the streets, this looks as though it may be an early British teen movie. Far from it. Based on a 1939 play, "What Say They?", by James Bridie, it concerns the stuffy hierarchy of the university. It's probable that the original play script was so dull and unfunny that all the material with Charles Hawtrey as a professor's son has been added. Hawtrey spends about half the film falling about drunk and this is a relatively skilled comic performance. The tedious dialogue whenever he is not on screen provokes no interest. Robert Urquhart must be the squarest student since "Tom Brown's Schooldays". It's no surprise he doesn't get the girl. She's pert Diane Hart, who seems to be a modern miss with ideas of her own; but as soon as marriage is proposed, she reverts to stereotype. In his first film "Ronald" Corbett has little to do. He was to be discovered 15 years later.

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