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Over 21 (1945)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 8 August 1945 (USA)
A woman screenwriter lives in a shabby bungalow in order to be near her husband, a 39-year-old newspaper editor who has just joined the army.

Director:

Charles Vidor

Writers:

Sidney Buchman (screenplay), Ruth Gordon (play)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Irene Dunne ... Paula 'Polly' Wharton
Alexander Knox ... Max W. Wharton
Charles Coburn ... Robert Drexel Gow
Jeff Donnell ... Jan Lupton
Loren Tindall ... Lt. Roy Lupton
Lee Patrick ... Mrs. Foley
Phil Brown ... Frank MacDougal
Cora Witherspoon ... Mrs. Gates
Charles Evans ... Colonel Foley
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Storyline

Max Wharton, 39, is the editor of the New York Bulletin -- or he was, until he announces that he's quitting to join the army. Robert Gow, who owns the paper, is furious. But Wharton wants more than anything to be close to the war. And his wife, Polly, wants to be close to him. And so she finishes up her latest movie script, and follows her husband to live near the barracks. She lives in a bungalow with no shower, lights that you have to turn on and off from the outside, a refrigerator that makes a hideous noise when she's lucky (that means it's working), moths and other niceties. Meanwhile, Max, studying hard for his exams, is starting to believe the saw that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Written by J. Spurlin

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Three delightful players in a comedy modern. fast-paced and hilarious...

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Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 August 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Locamente enamorada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ruth Gordon got the inspiration for her play when her husband Garson Kanin joined the army and she joined up with him. See more »

Goofs

Polly has arrived at the officers training camp bungalow living quarters. She pushes several of her suitcases forward along the sidewalk with her foot. She passes a toddler on a tricycle and says to him, "I wish you were a little older." The toddler mouths a reply or says something, but no sound is heard. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Robert Drexel Gow: My editor! My paper! And this is how he tells me!
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Was there ever an American comedienne like Irene Dunne?
20 December 2007 | by benoit-3See all my reviews

It is well known that Irene Dunne could sing somewhat more than a little. And I think her talent as a comedienne can only be really understood once one has struggled through a sonata by Haydn or a song by Debussy and made a success of it. Her instrument is her voice and her handling of it is pure musicianship. She could tackle any part. The only thing she couldn't do was to not make a success of it. This film is a perfect example. In it, she channels Ruth Gordon (because the play is the thing), is feminine, charming, willful and self-effacing, generous, protective and combative but never pretentious. She manages to stay as believable as Alexander Knox is in another difficult role he assumes with aplomb. The viewer gets to believe in what he is seeing and to care for it. It is refreshing to see a film that is both entertaining and intellectually challenging while pushing all the right patriotic buttons. I sincerely hope the entire Dunne oeuvre makes it to DVD one day because it's really hard to keep a secret like that among just a few initiates.


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