Wilbur is a young man whose dream is to become a great barber, but for now, he's working just as an assistant, at a hotel's barber shop. When one day he gets involved (by mistake) in some big robbery, he is forced to disguise himself as a 12 year old boy, so that he can get away from his persecutor.Written by
Chris Makrozahopoulos <email@example.com>
A few years back, I watched a Dean Martin-Jerry Lewis movie, "Artists and Models." I hadn't watched any of the 16 movies they made together in ages, and I thought that was one of their best and funniest. Since then, I've watched more of their movies, including "You're Never Too Young."
I think this may be one of their best pairings on film. And it struck me that most of the movies with plots in which they were not partners or friends in the story, but strangers, turned out to be much better and certainly much funnier films. In their movies, as with other comedy teams (e.g., Bing Crosby and Bob Hope, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy), when the duo starts off as acquaintances in the entertainment field, the plots are ho-hum and one has the sense that we're just audiences at a stage play, waiting for the next entertaining skit. Those plots don't seem to allow for the spontaneity of the actors that these films have when the stars are strangers.
In this one, Jerry is Wilbur Hoolick, a cleaning guy in a barber shop. Dean is Bob Miles, an athletic trainer and coach at an all-girl's college. How they wind up together at that school, with Jerry then playing an overgrown kid, is as far out as any plot can get. And, that's just part of the comedy. To me, comedy doesn't have to have a plot that makes a lot of sense.
This is a wonderful, funny, movie. Some of the individual scrapes and antics that Wilbur gets into are outlandishly hilarious. Paramount must have had a special barber chair made for one scene. There are some marvelous talent scenes in here as well. One is when the college marching team gives a welcoming performance and Wilbur joins them. Before long he is doing the crazy gyrations, jumps and twists of strange dance moves that the entire group of young women imitate to a T. It's one fine job of choreography and must have taken several practice sessions for them all to copy Jerry's lead in synch.
Another very hilarious scene is Wilbur mimicking a woman on a long-distance telephone call. This change in his voice is very funny. Later he conducts a chorus with many similar laughs.
An interesting look in this film is Raymond Burr as Noonan. This is in the days before he became "the" Perry Mason on the long running Perry Mason TV series. Burr is one of the Hollywood tough and bad guys from his early films, who wound up on the right side of the law. Here he keeps a straight face but cracks a couple of very funny lines.
While the general idea for this film borrows from Paramount's 1942 smash hit, "The Major and the Minor," the story is very different. This plot has many original angles and different scenes. A remake is mostly a new cast with the same or an updated setting.
This is one fine comedy that everyone should enjoy. Here are some favorite lines from the film.
Nancy Collins, "What's the matter with you - you're trembling?" Wilbur Hoolick, "I have very loose bones."
Mrs. Brendan, "Wilber's a very remarkable boy. In this day and age, it's so difficult to rear a child properly." Noonan, posing as Wilbur's father, "Yes. I wouldn't give you 10 to 1 on a boy like Wilbur living to grow up." Mrs. Brendan, "Oh, well that's a little on the pessimistic side, Mr. Hoolick." Noonan, "All right, I'll make it 8 to 1."
Wilbur Hoolick, "I like it here. I wanna go to school here." Noonan, "This is a girl's school." Wilbur, "That's why I like it here."
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