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You're Only Young Twice (1952)

| Comedy | July 1952 (UK)
Ada Shore is mistaken for a new secretary, she brings a breath of fresh air to the traditional university.


Terry Bishop


James Bridie (play), Lindsay Galloway (adaptation) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Duncan Macrae ... Prof. Hayman
Joseph Tomelty ... Dan McEntee
Patrick Barr ... Sir Archibald Asher
Charles Hawtrey ... Adolphus Hayman
Diane Hart ... Ada Shore
Robert Urquhart Robert Urquhart ... Sheltie
Edward Lexy ... Lord Carshennie
Jacqueline Mackenzie Jacqueline Mackenzie ... Nellie
Reginald Beckwith ... BBC Commentator
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Professor Baikie
Ronnie Corbett ... Student (as Ronald Corbett)
Wendy Noel Wendy Noel
Eric Woodburn Eric Woodburn ... The Bedellus
Molly Urquhart Molly Urquhart ... Lady Duffy
Roddy McMillan Roddy McMillan ... Milligan


A young woman (Diane Hart) arrives at a Scottish university to visit her uncle (Joseph Tomelty), a famous writer now employed as a humble porter, who went into hiding during the Irish Civil War some thirty years earlier. The principal of the university (Patrick Barr) assumes she is his new secretary and she falls in with this. A senior professor (Duncan Macrae) starts a campaign to improve the morals of the students, and enlists his pompous son (Charles Hawtrey) in his crusade, with farcical results. Written by Paul Terry

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Feature-film debut of Robert Urquhart. See more »

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Disclaimer in opening titles: "The Producers are grateful for the co-operation of the University of Glasgow. Nevertheless... All persons, places and incidents in this film are inventions. The traditions and customs of the four Scottish Universities differ widely in each... In this fifth University they differ more widely still." See more »

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Lack of storyline and an unfunny comedy.
11 March 2006 | by karl-a-hughesSee all my reviews

Having just watched this film I'm left wondering what was the point of it? It was about a bunch of university students and a university porter, the students didn't get on with one of the senate and the porter was really a well regarded writer. The storyline was confused without any clear sense of direction.

All the cast seemed to put in a reasonable amount of effort, but the script didn't allow us to like any of the characters. Charles Hawtrey, of Carry On fame, always struggled for laughs when he was playing 'a boy' and he shambles through half of this film pretending to be drunk.

I guess this film was made when most of the population had never been to university. Perhaps then film makers could get away with students having an average age of 30+, but today it looks plain silly.

Really this film had no redeeming features, other than I think it was filmed in Kelvingrove Park in Glasgow. There are many better ways to spend 80 minutes.

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1.37 : 1
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