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The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 1 September 1947 (USA)
A high school girl falls for a playboy artist, with screwball results.

Director:

Irving Reis

Writer:

Sidney Sheldon (original story and screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Ransom M. Sherman ... Judge Treadwell (as Ransom Sherman)
William Bakewell ... Winters
Irving Bacon ... Melvin - Police Turnkey
Ian Bernard Ian Bernard ... Perry
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Storyline

Teenaged Susan Turner, with a severe crush on playboy artist Richard Nugent, sneaks into his apartment to model for him and is found there by her sister Judge Margaret Turner. Threatened with jail, Nugent agrees to date Susan until the crush abates. He counters Susan's comic false sophistication by even more comic put-on teenage mannerisms, with a slapstick climax. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Rollicking Romantics!

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Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

1 September 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Suddenly It's Spring See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The "man with the power" rhyming routine was adapted into the song lyric of The Atomic Fireballs' song "Man With the Hex" during the Swing Revival of the 1990s. See more »

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When the main characters arrive at the picnic in a jalopy, the windshield is folded down but when they get out, it's back up. See more »

Quotes

Richard Nugent: [Jerry is sitting in his car in front of the Turner house] Jerry, what are you doing out here? Why don't you go inside?
Jerry White: I'm not welcome. I'm a square in Susan's social circle.
Richard Nugent: Nonsense, I'm sure Susan doesn't know you're out here.
Jerry White: She put me here.
Richard Nugent: Oh.
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Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
(uncredited)
Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
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Mellow Greetings. Yookie Dookie!
2 May 2004 | by CalabossSee all my reviews

This is pure, innocent fun. If you're not too jaded by modern life, this film will tickle you. Cary Grant is in fine comic form, as are the rest of the cast.

The thing that really got me, the first time I saw this film, was how gorgeous Shirley Temple was as a young woman. I was only used to seeing her as a little girl in her early movies, but wow, she grew up quite well. Very easy on the eyes. I felt the same way about her when I saw Fort Apache. Fact is, if I was 17 in 1947, they'd have to use fire hoses to keep me away from her. Oh, that little button nose....

The cast comes together well and keeps your interest all the way through. One of those early comedies that doesn't require harsh language, nudity, or gross-out jokes to get its laughs.

This is a movie that I can always enjoy every time it shows up on TV. Great performances by all.

"Mellow greetings, Yookie-Dookie!" (You'll understand why that is funny if you see the movie.)


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