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Young Ideas (1943)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 2 August 1943 (USA)
Academy Award-winner* Mary Astor (The Maltese Falcon) stars as a widow whose grown children try to break up her romance with a college professor in this charming, offbeat comedy directed by... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
... Susan Evans
... Michael Kingsley
... Jo Evans
... Jeff Evans
... Tom Farrell
... Adam Trent
... Co-Ed
... Co-Ed
... Pepe
... Judge Canute J. Kelly
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Undetermined Minor Role (unconfirmed)


Academy Award-winner* Mary Astor (The Maltese Falcon) stars as a widow whose grown children try to break up her romance with a college professor in this charming, offbeat comedy directed by the legendary Jules Dassin (Never on Sunday, Naked City, Rififi). When Susan (Susan Peters) and Jeff Evans (Elliot Reid), the adult children of widowed author and lecturer Jo Evans (Astor), discover that their mother has fallen in love with staid professor Michael Kingsley (Herbert Marshall), they intervene to try to end what they believe is an inappropriate relationship. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

2 August 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Faculty Row  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Philadelphia Monday 15 April 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by New Haven CT 22 April 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), by Los Angeles 24 April 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), by both Altoona PA and Norfolk VA 29 April 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10) and on WTAR (Channel 3), by Seattle 21 May 1957 on KING (Channel 5), by Miami 28 May 1957 on WCKT (Channel 7), by Portland OR 31 May 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), by Chicago 9 July 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Honolulu 29 July 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), by Minneapolis 5 October 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), by Memphis 20 November 1957 on WHBQ (Channel 13), and by San Francisco 22 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). In New York City, its earliest documented telecast did not take place until Monday 26 March 1962 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

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Too much selfishness rolled up into one film...I didn't like it.
21 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

"Young Ideas" is supposed to be a quirky comedy but it really annoyed me because so many people in the film were utterly selfish jerks. A comedy should NOT annoy the viewer.

The film begins with Jo Evans (Mary Astor) becoming a number one best selling author. Then, because she's fallen in love, she completely abandons her book tour--telling no one and simply not showing up for her book signings and lectures. Jerk.

You then meet Jo's kids--and they haven't fallen far from the proverbial tree. When these grown children learn that their mother has married and doesn't plan on writing any more, they are NOT happy for her and her new husband. Instead, they're only concerned that their free lunch (so to speak) might be coming to an end. So, they decide the best course of action is to try to destroy the marriage!

What is with these people and WHY is this considered funny? The only one I ended up caring about and feeling for was the man Jo married-- the Professor (Herbert Marshall). Again and again, her kids lie to him--telling him that the crazy characters in Jo's books are autobiographical AND contacting her old boyfriends and arranging for them to just 'drop by'.

Overall, this is a comedy with few laughs and is so mean-spirited and full of selfish people that it completely took me out of the story. I hated this film despite some good acting.

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