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The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)

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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Comedy | Romance

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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

Despite being the "Bobby-Soxer" of the title, Shirley Temple actually wears stockings for most of the film. See more »

Goofs

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

Matt Beemish: I couldn't help overhearing. I had my ear to the door.
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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

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Featured in The Screen Writer (1950) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Birthday to You
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Written by Patty S. Hill and Mildred J. Hill
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Enjoyable Light Comedy
12 August 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

With three appealing stars and a silly but interesting story, this is an enjoyable light comedy that moves at a good pace and makes you feel at home with its offbeat characters. Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, and Shirley Temple all get plenty to work with, as each of their characters is pretty well-suited to their talents. They make their characters believably flawed and engaging at the same time.

The story makes it clear early on that it should not be taken too seriously, yet it is told well enough that it is easy to set aside any plausibility issues. The early misadventures set up the amusing arrangement that the judge (Loy) agrees to, in the hopes of keeping the others out of trouble, and this in turn sets up a new series of outlandish events. Harry Davenport and Ray Collins head up a pretty good supporting cast, and the situation builds pretty well, leading up to a complicated, entertaining set of tangle-ups.

While there is nothing remarkable about it, "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer" is the kind of pleasant silliness that takes the right touch to make it work. It makes for an enjoyable way to spend an hour and a half.


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