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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 »
Plot Keywords:
Won Oscar. See more »
User Reviews:
Enjoyable Light Comedy See more (56 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cary Grant ... Dick Nugent

Myrna Loy ... Judge Margaret Turner

Shirley Temple ... Susan Turner

Rudy Vallee ... District Attorney Tommy Chamberlain

Ray Collins ... Dr. Matthew Beemish

Harry Davenport ... Judge Thaddeus Turner
Johnny Sands ... Jerry White

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

William Bakewell ... Winters
Irving Bacon ... Melvin - Police Turnkey
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 ... Minor Role (uncredited)

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

Robert Bray ... Official at Airline Gate (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Kay Christopher ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Ellen Corby ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
William B. Davidson ... Mr. Overholtz (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Ann Duncan ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Herbert Evans ... Faculty Member (uncredited)

Franklyn Farnum ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Tom Ferrandini ... 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)
Slim Gaut ... Official (uncredited)
Dick Gordon ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Stuart Hall ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)

Charles Halton ... Mr. Mittwick - High School Principal (uncredited)
Bonnie Jean Hartley ... Waitress (uncredited)
Carlotta Jelm ... Doris Baldwin (uncredited)
Howard Keiser ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Carl Kent ... Ticket Taker (uncredited)
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Mac - Bailiff (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... Mr. Roberts (uncredited)
Myra Marsh ... Miss Wells (uncredited)
Lydia McKim ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Marilyn Mercer ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Tom - 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)
Larry Steers ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Norman Thomson ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Elena Warren ... Mrs. Baldwin (uncredited)
Steve Wayne ... Minor Role (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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
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

Did You Know?

The "man with the power" routine was the inspiration for the song "Magic Dance" in the movie Labyrinth (1986).See more »
Revealing mistakes: The judge is woken up 'a few minutes past eight' in the morning, yet is still able to be in court by 9 am for a hearing. Her activities in that 55 minutes: get dressed, have breakfast, get to the courthouse, put on her robe, chat with her uncle, enter the courtroom.See more »
Susan:Did you have many ordeals before you became a success?
Richard Nugent:No, I...
Susan:You can talk to me. I want you to think of me, not as a newspaper woman, but as a friend.
Richard Nugent:Well, in that case, I'll tell you. I did suffer. When I was 10, my mother and father had a double suicide pack, they made it. I was sent to an orphanage. Some days they didn't beat me. Then one night I escaped, I ran away to New York. I used to steal.
Susan:What did you steal?
Richard Nugent:Beg your pardon?
Susan:What did you steal?
Richard Nugent:Crusts of bread... and things. One time I stole a valise. There were paints and paintbrushes inside. So I began to paint. Then they got me. I was sent to a reform school, but I escaped again.
Susan:Go on.
Richard Nugent:Back to new York. A weathly society lady saw my work, fell in love with me and sent me to art school. The rest is history.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.20" (2005)See more »
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20 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Enjoyable Light Comedy, 12 August 2004
Author: Snow Leopard from Ohio

With three appealing stars and a silly but interesting story, this is an enjoyable light comedy that moves at a good pace and makes you feel at home with its offbeat characters. Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, and Shirley Temple all get plenty to work with, as each of their characters is pretty well-suited to their talents. They make their characters believably flawed and engaging at the same time.

The story makes it clear early on that it should not be taken too seriously, yet it is told well enough that it is easy to set aside any plausibility issues. The early misadventures set up the amusing arrangement that the judge (Loy) agrees to, in the hopes of keeping the others out of trouble, and this in turn sets up a new series of outlandish events. Harry Davenport and Ray Collins head up a pretty good supporting cast, and the situation builds pretty well, leading up to a complicated, entertaining set of tangle-ups.

While there is nothing remarkable about it, "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer" is the kind of pleasant silliness that takes the right touch to make it work. It makes for an enjoyable way to spend an hour and a half.

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