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The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 1 September 1947 (USA)
A high school girl falls for a playboy artist, with screwball results.

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Judge Thaddeus Turner
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Bessie
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Chester Walters
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Storyline

Teenaged Susan Turner, with a severe crush on playboy artist Richard Nugent, sneaks into his apartment to model for him and is found there by her sister Judge Margaret Turner. Threatened with jail, Nugent agrees to date Susan until the crush abates. He counters Susan's comic false sophistication by even more comic put-on teenage mannerisms, with a slapstick climax. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Suddenly It's Spring  »

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Trivia

The "man with the power" routine was the inspiration for the song "Magic Dance" in the movie Labyrinth (1986). See more »

Goofs

When the main characters arrive at the picnic in a jalopy, the windshield is folded down but when they get out, it's back up. See more »

Quotes

Richard Nugent: Could we do this some other time? I've got a date.
Susan: Then you're not married?
Richard Nugent: No.
Susan: I knew you weren't. You just couldn't be.
Richard Nugent: Oh I've had some offers.
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Referenced in Labyrinth (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

My Shining Hour
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Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Music by Harold Arlen
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My knight in shining armor
15 February 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This is a delightful movie has the imprint of Sidney Sheldon all over the place. Not only is Mr. Sheldon a good writer, but it shows he has an ear for what seem to work, be it a book, or in this case, a screenplay. Under the direction of Irving Reis, this comedy is still fun to watch after all these years.

The stars, of course, are the main reasons for watching "The Boxer and the Bobby Soxer". The film's premise is about the infatuation of a impressionable teen ager with a much older man. The object of that affection is a playboy who appears to be unsuitable for the girl. The contrast between the older man and the young girl creates a lot of funny situations.

To make matters worse, the sister of the young girl is a judge, who sees right through the roguish Richard Nugent and wants him to leave the girl alone, but figures that surely her sister will soon get bored with the man.

Myrna Loy does wonders with her role as Margaret Turner. Cary Grant brings his natural elegance to the role of Richard Nugent; just watch him in the picnic competition. Shirley Temple is a sweet Susan, the girl infatuated with Richard. In minor roles, Rudy Vallee and Ray Collins are perfectly cast.

In a couple of scenes in the film we see Richard Nugent in shining armor, as both sisters take turns in imagining him her hero. Only the right one will be rewarded.


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