Corliss Archer, 15, and Mildred Pringle, 17, are best friends, and get into some mischief together which causes their parents to start fighting over who is a bad influence on whom. Their ... See full summary »
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Clifton Webb recreates his Sitting Pretty role as Mr. Lynn Belvedere, the World's Greatest Genius. Belvedere discovers that he is ineligible for an honorary award because he never attended ... See full summary »
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Charlie Reader is a successful theater agent. He is also successful with young ladies. One day he is visited by his old friend Joe, married with three children. Joe falls in love with ... See full summary »
Shirley's last film on her 20th Century Fox contract (aged 12). Her parents (Oakie, Greenwood) decide to retire from show biz so she can have a normal life. They are unwelcome in the small ... See full summary »
After a brief encounter with the romantic and thrice divorced Kenneth Marquis, Corliss Archer decides to write in her diary that they are together in order to make her boyfriend Dexter jealous. Corliss' father had also served as attorney representing Kenneth Marquis' ex-wife during his most recent divorce trial. When Corliss and Dexter don't come home one evening until five in the morning, Corliss decides to pretend to have amnesia to avoid the inevitable punishment awaiting her. The Archers then read Corliss' diary to her to help her remember the things that were important to her. After reading that she was dating Kenneth Marquis, they send for Marquis, who, in order to irritate Mr. Archer, whom he loathes, says that it's all true, and even gives the newspapers the story that they're engaged. Corliss, whose charade ends then, tries to tell everyone what really happened, but by that time, no one will believe her. The matter is complicated by the fact that Corliss' uncle, a navy ... Written by
Plot-- A suburban teen causes a community uproar when she fakes a diary entry suggesting she spent a night with a much older man.
I didn't find the movie as bad as many other reviewers. Maybe it's because I don't hold comedy shtick to the same standard of plausibility as, say, crime drama. To me, the main standard of comedy is whether it's funny or not. This one's only mildly so, certainly not enough to fill out and hour and a half. Still, the madcap has its momentsBobby Ellis as the officious teen newshound, Temple as a winsome 40's youngster, and Tully when he's blowing only half a gasket. And is Corliss's mom (Holden) really Dracula's Daughter (1936) who scared the pants off me many years ago!
Actually, the movie's a pretty good look at teen mores, circa 1949. I hadn't heard the phrase 'breech of promise' for decades, til this film, (deflowering a maiden on the promise of marriage and then reneging). There's also quite a bit of innuendo swirling around the misspent nightmore than I would expect. But then that's half the draw, seeing the virginal Temple flirt with adult themes.
All things considered, it was probably wise for Shirley to exit the business since her movie image was so confining and not likely to change, as this 90-minutes shows. (For example, note how her "memory loss" personality mimics her moppet cuteness.) No, the movie's only memorable for being her last. But then, despite the general mediocrity, it does have its moments.
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