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1 March 1940 (USA) See more »
Willy Baxter is now 17, which is practically 18, so he prefers "William". William is supposed to be studying for college entrance exams... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jackie Cooper ... William Sylvanus Baxter
Betty Field ... Lola Pratt

Otto Kruger ... Sylvanus Baxter
Ann Shoemaker ... Mary Baxter
Norma Gene Nelson ... Jane Baxter (as Norma Nelson)
Betty Moran ... May Parcher
Thomas W. Ross ... Edward P. Parcher (as Thomas Ross)
Peter Lind Hayes ... George Cooper (as Peter Hayes)
Buddy Pepper ... Johnnie Watson
Donald Haines ... Joe Bullitt
Richard Denning ... Jack
Paul E. Burns ... McGrill
Hal Clements ... Wally Banks
Edward Earle ... Headwaiter
Stanley Price ... Waiter
Joey Ray ... Orchestra Leader
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Genesis (as Snowflake)
Hattie Noel ... Adella
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Maude Fealy ... Woman Driver (uncredited)
Jody Gilbert ... Ethel Boke (uncredited)
Eugene Jackson ... Attendant (uncredited)
Pat West ... Station Agent (uncredited)

Directed by
Louis King 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Agnes Christine Johnston 
Stannard Mears  play
Stuart Palmer 
Hugh Stanislaus Stange  (as Hugh Stange)
Booth Tarkington  novel
Stuart Walker  play
Stuart Walker  screenplay

Produced by
Stuart Walker .... producer
Original Music by
Charles Bradshaw (uncredited)
John Leipold (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Victor Milner 
Film Editing by
Arthur P. Schmidt 
Art Direction by
Franz Bachelin 
Hans Dreier 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Lefert .... assistant director (uncredited)

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78 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.See more »
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Oh the woes of the young and in love..., 15 April 2014
Author: mark.waltz from New York City

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

For "Willie" Baxter (or Silly Bill as his friends nickname him), becoming a young man requires a change in identity along with his voice. No overly boisterous Andy Hardy in Booth Tarkington's creation. He's a basically nice young man, but confused about the ideals of life and love. Other than dealing with a nosy younger sister (Norma Nelson) and old fashioned idealistic parents (Otto Kruger and Anne Shoemaker), he also now must deal with a crush on the "sophisticated" visitor next door (Betty Field), a pretentious young lady who strings him along while flirting with every available young man in town and a sophisticated beau in Chicago. To impress the young beauty, Cooper sells off his old jalopy for a newer model (with payments he can't make) and "borrows" his father's tuxedo.

While Love Finds William Baxter, maturity finds Jackie Cooper, no longer the brooding kid pining for the love of dad Wallace Beery in "The Champ" and other sappy dramas. Cooper is far more likable than his MGM pal Mickey Rooney, whose ego controlled his sometimes frenetic performances. Cooper is far more identifiable and even with parents almost exactly like Judge and Ma Hardy, he's living a more realistic life than the Louis B. Mayer vision of the ideal family. Betty Field's pretentious character is the type of batty teen that may turn heads but ultimately seems phony in retrospect. Norma Nelson, as the snoopy sis, is funny in spite of being a pest, and there's never any doubt that the lives of this family are closer to reality than the Hardys.

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