AS YOUNG AS YOU FEEL (Harmon Jones, 1951) **1/2
Though released on DVD as part of Fox's "Marilyn Monroe Collection", her role playing the spirited, though obviously dumb, secretary at a printing factory headed by Albert Dekker is actually very brief. The film is an amusing, Capraesque comedy about 65 year-old printer Monty Woolley who refuses to accept the age imposition which sends him into retirement. The plot involves him impersonating the President of the corporation which owns the factory, paying them an unexpected visit and making a speech in which he retracts the current policy thus enabling Woolley the printer to get back his job! Complications arise when David Wayne (fiancé of Woolley's niece Jean Peters), who also works at the factory, recognizes him but also with the attentions given Woolley by Dekker's neglected wife Constance Bennett. The film features a solid supporting cast which includes Allyn Joslyn (as Woolley's son), Thelma Ritter (as his wife, who's proud of her Brooklyn origins), Clinton Sundberg (as Wayne's ambitious colleague at the plant who could blow Woolley's cover at any moment), Minor Watson (as the real President of the conglomerate) and a young Russ Tamblyn (playing Dekker and Bennett's confused son). It's a pleasant enough diversion adapted by Lamar Trotti from a Paddy Chayefsky(!) story given Fox's typically polished (if fluffy) treatment.
- Dec 12, 2007
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