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The Youngest Profession (1943)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 13 November 1943 (Mexico)
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
Patricia Drew
Raymond Roe ...
Dorothy Morris ...
Junior Lyons
Vera Bailey
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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Romance


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13 November 1943 (Mexico)  »

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Cazando estrellas  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 20, 1943 with Virginia Weidler, Jean Porter and Edward Arnold reprising their film roles. See more »


References A Woman's Face (1941) See more »


Easy to Love
(1936) (uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Played as dance music at the soiree
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Life with the Lyons
30 November 2014 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

For her fan letter, star-crazy New York teenager Virginia Weidler (as Joan Lyons) receives a thank you note from pretty MGM starlet Lana Turner. A zealous collector of movie star signatures, Ms. Weidler gets even more excited when she learns Greer Garson is in town. Weidler and best friend Jean Porter (as Patricia "Patsy" Drew) are determined to get Garson's autograph. In the process, they meet Walter Pidgeon. Weidler is dramatic enough for father Edward Arnold (as Burton V. Lyons to call her "Miss Garbo," but gossipy governess Agnes Moorehead (as "Feather" Featherstone) is the one who falls into a dead faint when Robert Taylor visits. Weidler also crosses paths with William Powell, after seeing him at the movies with boyfriend Raymond Roe (as Schuyler) and little brother Scotty Beckett (as Junior)...

"The Youngest Profession" is autograph collecting, but this story does have another plot...

Encouraged by Ms. Moorehead, Weidler becomes convinced that her wealthy lawyer father is having an affair with pretty secretary Ann Ayars (as Susan Thayer). Weidler sets out to save her parents' marriage by hiring John Carroll (as "Hercules") to show an interest in mother Marta Linden (as Edith Lyons). All of this is typical situation comedy material, and it's done well by Edward Buzzell and the MGM crew. Raising it significantly above average are some winning performances and witty dialogue. Weidler and Ms. Porter handle the material like younger versions of Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance. Since "I Love Lucy" hadn't yet hit the TV stands, that's a high compliment. Moreover, the Lyons family might have made a good movie series, had the girls been a few years younger.

******** The Youngest Profession (2/26/43) Edward Buzzell ~ Virginia Weidler, Jean Porter, Edward Arnold, Agnes Moorehead

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