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Young and Willing (1943)

 -  Comedy  -  5 February 1943 (USA)
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For those, if any, who have wondered why so many Paramount contractees appeared in United Artists' films during the war years, this is another one of the Paramount productions that was sold... See full summary »

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Norman Reese
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George Bodell
Robert Benchley ...
Arthur Kenny
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Kate Benson
Martha O'Driscoll ...
Dottie Coburn
Barbara Britton ...
Marge Benson Dennison
Mabel Paige ...
Mrs. Garnet
Florence MacMichael ...
Muriel Foster
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Tony Dennison
Jay Fassett ...
J.T. Coburn
Paul Hurst ...
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Olin Howland ...
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For those, if any, who have wondered why so many Paramount contractees appeared in United Artists' films during the war years, this is another one of the Paramount productions that was sold to United Artists in the early-40's when U.A. was having trouble meeting their exhibitor contracts because of lack of product, mainly due to their loss of production in England. A group of starving, but young and willing, actors band together to share finances and an apartment. Norman Reese (William Holden) orders no love nonsense between the boys and girls till they are set on broadway, but Marge Benson (Barbara Britton) and Tony Dennison (James Beown) are already secretly married. A friend drops in to see Dottie Coburn (Martha O'Driscoll) and is shocked to find the boys and girls sharing the same apartment and insists it is her duty to inform Dottie's father (Jay Fassett.) Since Dottie is the only one with any money, the boys hurriedly pack their belongings and leave until after Mr. Coburn's ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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One of several Paramount Pictures productions purchased by United Artists for theatrical release in 1942-1943. See more »

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Fast-paced Nonsense Might Do for High School Play
28 October 2002 | by (Forestville, Ca) – See all my reviews

I found it hard to believe that a studio would waste the talents of William Holden and Susan Hayward on such an embarrasing, sophmoric script. Ms. Swann (screenwriter) capped her career writing for the dreadful TV series DARK SHADOWS. Holden and Hayward and the rest of the players put their heart and souls into this hard-to-watch comedy. They all play it to the hilt, but got no laughs out of me. Eddie Bracken did his usual shtick -- and Robert Brenchley (who I find more irritating than funny) does his usual thing. Breezy, likeable Barbara Britton is nice to watch and we get to see handsome James Brown in his underwear. Martha O'Driscoll is way over-the-top. This MIGHT have worked if the players were kids (17-20)-- instead we have actors in their mid-twenties looking pretty ridiculous. I usually don't like writing negative reviews, but I'm upset that I actually had to sit through this, based on a highly recommended review on IMDB. I actually BOUGHT the video. Yikes!


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