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Young at Heart (1954)

The lives and romances of three sisters in a musical family; the youngest daughter's life is complicated by the subsequent arrival of a charming composer and a cynical music arranger.

Director:

Gordon Douglas

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Julius J. Epstein (screenplay), Lenore J. Coffee (screenplay) (as Lenore Coffee) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Doris Day ... Laurie Tuttle
Frank Sinatra ... Barney Sloan
Gig Young ... Alex Burke
Ethel Barrymore ... Aunt Jessie Tuttle
Dorothy Malone ... Fran Tuttle
Robert Keith ... Gregory Tuttle
Elisabeth Fraser ... Amy Tuttle
Alan Hale Jr. ... Bob Neary
Lonny Chapman ... Ernie Nichols
Frank Ferguson ... Bartell
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Storyline

When Alex enters the lives of the musical Tuttle family, each of the three daughters falls for him. He is charming, good looking and personable. Laurie and Alex seem made for each other and become engaged. When Barney comes into the picture to help Alex with some musical arrangements matters become complicated. He is seen as a challenge by Laurie, who can't believe anyone could be as cynical, and she is more than a match for his gloomy outlook on life. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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All wrapped up in each other and singing their hearts out for you! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man soll nicht mit der Liebe spielen See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Arwin Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The initial idea in filming "One for My Baby" was to illustrate Barney's hopeless anonymity by having the unruly bar crowd all but drown out his performance of the song, but Frank Sinatra's vocal was so powerful that director Gordon Douglas decided to gradually decrease the ambient noise until only Sinatra's voice could be heard. This turns the song into an internal monologue, as if Barney is blocking out the crowd's noise and singing to himself. See more »

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When Day and Sinatra are icing the gingerbread men/persons, they refill the icing gun, but the icing is added on top of the plunger. See more »

Quotes

Alex Burke: How about the big build up you were gonna give me?
Gregory Tuttle: I changed my mind.
Alex Burke: Oh, aren't you gonna mention my talent? We talked about it all the way home, remember?
Gregory Tuttle: All they have to do is look at you to know you have no talent.
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Just One of Those Things
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A Dose of Reality, Fifties Style
7 September 2001 | by matty_wSee all my reviews

Barney Sloan (Frank Sinatra) is a gifted musician who grew up orphaned and cynically resigned himself to "the fates". He quietly falls in love with kindhearted, upbeat Laurie Tuttle (Doris Day) who lives in a small town with her cheery family (father, aunt and two sisters). She is often perceptive about him, and very moved by his emotional outpourings through his music. Nonetheless, she misses the message behind Barney's shy kiss. She accepts Alex Burke's (Gig Young) marriage proposal, although she questions if Burke "needs" her and asks why they can't "keep things as they are." Discovering her sister's feelings for Alex is a turning point in Laurie's decision making. What part did her love for Barney play in her choice? Apparently, this is the question consuming Barney. He is often preoccupied with his own insecurities, and makes a destructive decision.

Sinatra's singing is beautiful ("Someone to Watch Over Me"). His portrayal is heartfelt. His chemistry with Day grows with their characters' relationship. "One for My Baby" and "You, My Love" are wonderful. In the latter, note how Barney is happy but still shy. This is a very moving romantic drama with a fine cast. I can relate to Barney, having a relative who grew up alone in the Depression. Thumbs up for the ending;


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