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Young Man with Ideas (1952)

A young lawyer, encounters problems while relocating his family.


Mitchell Leisen


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Ford ... Maxwell Webster
Ruth Roman ... Julie Webster
Denise Darcel ... Dorianne Gray
Nina Foch ... Joyce Laramie
Donna Corcoran ... Caroline Webster
Ray Collins ... Edmund Jethrow
Mary Wickes ... Mrs. Jarvis Gilpin
Bobby Diamond ... Willis Gilpin
Sheldon Leonard ... Rodwell 'Brick' Davis
Dick Wessel ... Eddie Tasling
Carl Milletaire Carl Milletaire ... Tux Cullery
Curtis Cooksey ... Judge Jennings
Karl 'Killer' Davis ... Punchy (as Karl Davis)
Fay Roope Fay Roope ... Kyle Thornhill
John Call John Call ... Man With Bushy Hair


A young lawyer, encounters problems while relocating his family.

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GIRLS...it's the quiet ones who fool you!


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

2 May 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Young Man in a Hurry See more »


Box Office


$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to contemporary articles in the entertainment press, filming began with Russell Nype playing Maxwell Webster. Nype was fired after he disagreed with director Mitchell Leisen on how the character was to be portrayed. Glenn Ford was brought in to replace Nype and two weeks of filming had to be re-shot. This was to be Nype's feature film debut. He returned to Broadway and would not make a feature film until 18 years later with Love Story (1970). See more »


Caroline Webster: Are they going to bump you off, Daddy?
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Great cast... a low-key comedy gem!
23 May 2015 | by TedEbareSee all my reviews

Glenn Ford renders his usual brand of under-played finesse in "Young Man With Ideas." Fortunately these roles offer a departure from earlier assignments for both he and his leading lady. With polished style Ford woos the audience to embrace Maxwell Webster, a shy "every-man" who longs to break free of a dismal law career in Montana. His wife Julie is delivered with verve by the competent Ruth Roman. Equipped with her trademark upturned collars Roman blossoms as an apt comedienne sidekick to Ford's straight man. Nina Foch perfectly balances this picture injecting some much needed sexual energy as Joyce Laramie a cool "blonde with a brain" law student. Standout supports include Denise Darcel playing Dorianne Gray, a broad lounge act (or a lounge act broad) singing "I Don't Know Why (I Just Do)." The beloved Mary Wickes pops in nearly tearing the scenery from it's hinges, as a kooky stage-mom neighbor she takes only her budding child-star Son as prisoner.

In what otherwise may have been a ho-hum movie given the ordinary A minus treatment, this dusty gem shines like a new penny under expert direction of Mitchell Leisen, a largely well-paced screenplay by Arthur Sheekman and a stalwart cast.

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