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The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer -- A teenage girls crush on a dashing playboy spells trouble, particularly when he falls for her older sister. Romantic comedy stars Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, and child star Shirley Temple.


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Sidney Sheldon (original story and screen play)
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Release Date:
1 September 1947 (USA) See more »
Rollicking Romantics!
A high school girl falls for a playboy artist with screwball results. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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"You remind me of a man..." See more (55 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cary Grant ... Dick

Myrna Loy ... Margaret

Shirley Temple ... Susan

Rudy Vallee ... Tommy

Ray Collins ... Beemish

Harry Davenport ... Thaddeus
Johnny Sands ... Jerry

Don Beddoe ... Joey
Lillian Randolph ... Bessie
Veda Ann Borg ... Agnes Prescott
Dan Tobin ... Walters
Ransom M. Sherman ... Judge Treadwell (as Ransom Sherman)

William Bakewell ... Winters
Irving Bacon ... Melvin
Ian Bernard ... Perry
Carol Hughes ... Florence
William Hall ... Anthony Herman
Gregory Gaye ... Maitre d'Hotel (as Gregory Gay)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bebe Allen ... Girl (uncredited)

Bobby Barber ... Birthday Cake Waiter (uncredited)
Robert Bice ... Policeman at Airport (uncredited)
Barbara Boone ... Girl (uncredited)

Robert Bray ... Official at Airline Gate (uncredited)
Kay Christopher ... Girl (uncredited)

Ellen Corby ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
William B. Davidson ... Mr. Overholtz (uncredited)
Ann Duncan ... Girl (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Sunset High Coach (uncredited)
Richard Flato ... Waiter at Tick Tock Club (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Mr. Baldwin (uncredited)
Jack Gargan ... Cop in Court (uncredited)
Charles Halton ... Mr. Mittwick (uncredited)
Bonnie Jean Hartley ... Waitress (uncredited)
Carlotta Jelm ... Doris Baldwin (uncredited)
Howard Keiser ... Boy (uncredited)
Carl Kent ... Ticket Taker (uncredited)
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Mac - Bailiff (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... Mr. Roberts (uncredited)
Myra Marsh ... Miss Wells (uncredited)
Lydia McKim ... Girl (uncredited)
Marilyn Mercer ... Girl (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Cop at Airport (uncredited)
Bob Pepper ... Cop at Airport (uncredited)
Ned Roberts ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Dore Schary ... Jebby (uncredited)
Mickey Simpson ... Cop in Court (uncredited)
Norman Thomson ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Elena Warren ... Mrs. Baldwin (uncredited)
Steve Wayne ... Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Irving Reis 
Writing credits
Sidney Sheldon (original story and screen play)

Produced by
Dore Schary .... producer
Original Music by
Leigh Harline 
Cinematography by
Robert De Grasse (director of photography) (as Robert deGrasse)
Nicholas Musuraca 
Film Editing by
Frederic Knudtson 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Set Decoration by
James Altwies (set decorations)
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (gowns)
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
William Dorfman .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nate Levinson .... assistant director
Sound Department
John L. Cass .... sound
Clem Portman .... sound
Special Effects by
Russell A. Cully .... special effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... musical director
Other crew
Edgar Peterson .... assistant to producer
David O. Selznick .... Miss Temple's services by arrangement with
Joel Freeman .... production clerk (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1948) | UK:U | USA:Approved (National Board of Review) (uncredited) | USA:Approved (certificate #11849) | West Germany:16

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The "man with the power" rhyming routine was adapted into the song lyric of The Atomic Fireballs' song "Man With the Hex" during the Swing Revival of the 1990s.See more »
Boom mic visible: Reflection of boom mic visible in black car when it pulls up to the airport.See more »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Labyrinth (1986)See more »
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18 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
"You remind me of a man...", 7 August 2002
Author: gaityr from United Kingdom

Like most romantic comedies, the premise of THE BACHELOR & THE BOBBY-SOXER really isn't on the firmest of grounds (though why watch a film if you want full-blown reality?). Myrna Loy plays serious-minded Judge Margaret Turner, who always pays strict attention to the facts in every situation (personal or professional). She has guardianship of her younger sister Susan (Shirley Temple), a hormonal young girl who develops an instant crush on a roguish art lecturer Richard Nugent (Cary Grant) when he gives a lecture at her school. In order to help her get over this crush, Margaret--urged by her uncle Matt (Ray Collins)--gently blackmails Richard into being Susan's beau until the crush wears off. What ensues is a delightful comedy of errors as Richard squires Susan around town, while struggling to deal with an assistant district attorney (the suitably uptight Rudy Vallee) and Susan's own ex-boyfriend Jerry (Johnny Sands) as he falls in love with Margaret (and vice versa).

It really does seem almost impossible for a film to get any cuter or more feel-good than THE BACHELOR & THE BOBBY-SOXER. First of all, much of the comedy is fantastic--from Susan's starry-eyed image of 'Dickie' as a (literal!) knight in shining armour, through to her attempt to pass herself off as both Dick's mother and Margaret's sister when trying to help Dick escape from jail. The dining scene at the club is brilliant fun, especially as more and more people arrive at the table to disrupt Dick and Margaret's privacy. Watch Cary Grant's reactions in this scene--truly a fantastic comedic performance that has, thankfully, been captured on film to the great benefit of future generations. ;) You just can't help laughing throughout the film--at Susan's misguided passion for Dick, Dick's helpless bewilderment when he gets landed in jail for nothing he can remember, the attempts at matchmaking Uncle Matt subtly tries to pull off etc.

Secondly, the cast itself is excellent. There is no better (or more under-rated) comic actor than Cary Grant, and he lends his considerable talent and boundless charm to the character without reservation. It's always the little throwaway touches that count with Grant's performances, tiny things that make him appear so natural on the screen, and his Dick Nugent is remarkably true to life. I especially love it when Dick trades his car in and turns up his trouser cuffs to act 'young' around the Turners. ("You remind me of a man...") Myrna Loy is delightful as well, though woefully under-used. It's not hard to believe her as a fully professional, modern woman (surely female judges must have been very rare at the time?); nor is it difficult to believe that the judge might have a sweeter, human side. (Though who wouldn't be convincing when asked to fall in love with Cary Grant?) It's a shame that there aren't more love scenes between Grant and Loy, as they doubtlessly have great chemistry together. As for Shirley Temple--there is just no denying how cute she is, and how well she plays the role of the flighty, passionate Susan. It's not an easy role to play, given how the character as written is really rather annoying. Temple makes Susan sweeter and more tolerable, and she definitely holds her own in the company of Grant and Loy.

The only problem with the film, given its great cast and very funny script, is that the 'comedic' element triumphs at the expense of the 'romantic'. There aren't half as many scenes between Grant and Loy as I would personally have liked, and although Loy herself is very convincing in her portrayal of Margaret--you really *do* believe that her character has fallen for Grant's--it certainly isn't with the help of the script. The film really belongs to Grant and Temple, both of whom get to show off their comic talents to great effect. While Loy makes an excellent straight (wo)man, it really is a shame that we didn't get to see more of her, or more of her character interacting with Grant's.

All in all, great fun, great laughs, great cast. The great romance... well, that would probably have to come from another film. That said, THE BACHELOR & THE BOBBY-SOXER is still definitely a film that's well worth the watch...

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