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The Youngest Profession (1943)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  15 May 1944 (Sweden)
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Joan Lyons and her friend Patricia Drew are autograph hounds spending most of their day bumping into, and having tea, with the likes of Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. Based on ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Burton V. Lyons
Dr. Hercules
Ann Ayars ...
Susan Thayer
Marta Linden ...
Edith Lyons
Douglas Sutton
Miss Featherstone
Jean Porter ...
Patricia Drew
Raymond Roe ...
Dorothy Morris ...
Scotty Beckett ...
Junior Lyons
Marcia Mae Jones ...
Vera Bailey
Sara Haden ...
Sister Lassie
Thyra Winter (as Beverly Jean Saul)
Marjorie Gateson ...
Mrs. Drew


Joan Lyons and her friend Patricia Drew are autograph hounds spending most of their day bumping into, and having tea, with the likes of Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. Based on misinformation from a meddling old-maid governess, Miss Featherstone, Joan also devotes some time to working on the no-problem marriage of her parents to the extent of hiring Dr. Hercules, the strong man from a side show to pay attention to her mother in order to make her father jealous, despite the good advice received from Walter Pidgeon. Written by Les Adams <>

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Comedy | Romance


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15 May 1944 (Sweden)  »

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Caçando Estrelas  »

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Movie fans circa 1940s
1 June 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

"The Youngest Profession" is a rarity, in that it seems to have been forgotten after it served its purpose. It's not a total waste. The comedy is light and earnest and has an excellent performance by Virginia Weidler, who as Joan Lyons, is at the center of the action. The film, directed by Edward Buzzell offered a view of an America at war where movie stars were adored by fans like Joan and her set.

The film offers delightful cameo performances by some of the MGM stars of that time. Notably, Greer Garson, Walter Pigeon, Lana Turner and Robert Taylor, who appear as themselves. Ms. Garson and Mr. Pigeon have the best moments as they are seen talking to Joan and Patricia naturally and never appearing condescending, or patronizing.

Virginia Weidler is the main reason for watching the film. She is witty, charming, and thoroughly disarming as the teen ager who loves the bigger than life stars. Also Edward Arnold as Joan's father has a good opportunity to do what he did best. Agnes Moorehead, Marta Linden, Raymond Roe, Jean Porter, among others, make this film a delight to watch.

Sure, it's light fare, but it will surprise anyone because of the refreshing way the teen agers of the era were shown. There is such sweetness among them to make us yearn for a return to that happy era.

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