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Naughty Arlette (1949)

The Romantic Age (original title)
| Comedy | 1950 (USA)
Arlette is a malicious schoolgirl who uses her feminine charms to attract, and then destroy, every man gullible enough to respond to her flirtations. She sets her cap for the art professor ... See full summary »


Edmond T. Gréville (as Edmond T. Greville)


Serge Veber (novel), Peggy Barwell (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Credited cast:
Mai Zetterling ... Arlette Tessereau
Hugh Williams ... Arnold Dickson
Margot Grahame ... Helen Dickson
Petula Clark ... Julie Dickson
Carol Marsh Carol Marsh ... Patricia
Margaret Barton Margaret Barton ... Bessie
Raymond Lovell Raymond Lovell ... Hedges
Marie Ney Marie Ney ... Miss Hallam
Paul Dupuis ... Henri Sinclair
Mark Daly Mark Daly ... Withers
Judith Furse ... Miss Adams
Betty Impey Betty Impey ... Jill
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adrienne Corri ... Norah


Arlette is a malicious schoolgirl who uses her feminine charms to attract, and then destroy, every man gullible enough to respond to her flirtations. She sets her cap for the art professor and very nearly does him in... but his loving wife and daughter help the deluded man escape the seductive mantrap. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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The score's main theme, "Jealous Lover" was to became known as "The Theme from The Apartment" when it was used as the main theme for Billy Wilder's "The Apartment (1960)". See more »


When Arlette reads the second verse of P.B. Shelley's "Love's Philosophy" she says "What's all this kissing worth, if thou kiss not me". The correct line is "What is all this sweet work worth, if thou kiss not me". See more »


Arlette Tessereau: I am turning this child into a woman!
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On a Rainy Day in Paris
Music by Edward Dryhurst
Lyrics by Barry Gray
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Respectable teacher ensnared by the charms of a French tart!
31 May 2000 | by marcapraSee all my reviews

I recently had the pleasure of viewing The Romantic Age again after about 25 years from an underground video. It used to occasionally play on the local LA late show back then, along with other such nostalgic films as Miranda, Cynara, No Minor Vices, The Lady Says No, etc. I found that I could remember much of the dialog which brought back a flood of youthful memories. A classic scene is when Hugh Williams' daughter, Petula Clark, starts dancing and drinking wildly in a British nightclub as her shocked father enters to pull her out of there. Over the sound of the jazz, a disreputable-looking fat lady starts laughing at this, and you can still hear her piercing laugh as Williams yanks Petula out into the streets. I can still hear that laugh 25 years after seeing the movie! The irony of this is that Williams has been having an affair with one of his students, namely Arlette Tessereau, a French flirt played by a young Mai Zetterling. This film may be fluff, but it ranks high with me probably due to its nostalgia power. It should be released on video as well as Miranda and other obscure British comedies which are my favorites. But where are these films now? Who owns them? And will they ever be shown or released again?

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1950 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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