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You're Never Too Young (1955)

Approved | | Comedy | 14 October 1955 (Ireland)
When an aspiring barber becomes inadvertently involved in the theft of a valuable diamond, necessity forces him to masquerade as a 12 year-old child - with humorous consequences.


Norman Taurog


Sidney Sheldon (screenplay), Edward Childs Carpenter (play) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Dean Martin ... Bob Miles
Jerry Lewis ... Wilbur Hoolick
Diana Lynn ... Nancy Collins
Nina Foch ... Gretchen Brendan
Raymond Burr ... Noonan
Mitzi McCall ... Skeets Powell
Veda Ann Borg ... Mrs. Noonan
Margery Maude Margery Maude ... Mrs. Ella Brennan
Romo Vincent ... Ticket Agent
Nancy Kulp ... Marty's Mother
Milton Frome ... Lieutenant O'Malley


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 <makzax@hotmail.com>

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Release Date:

14 October 1955 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Gangsterschreck See more »


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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Since this is widely acknowledged to be a remake of the 1942 Ray Mallard and Ginger Rogers vehicle The Major and the Minor, it is unclear why 3 of that film's writers - Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder and playwright Edward Childs Carpenter - are not credited here. See more »


Bob Miles: Whu don't you straighten up?
Wilbur Hoolick: Oh, I am straightened up. It's just that my shoulders are stupid.
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Referenced in Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (2010) See more »


Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by Line Renaud & Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis
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I don't understand the appeal of this plot--it's a terrible film for Martin & Lewis
28 October 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I have watched Billy Wilder's "The Major and the Minor" twice--not because I liked it but because my impression was so poor compared to the film's very good reputation. Here in "You're Never Too Young", the same terribly flawed plot is recycled but with no originality and A LOT of Jerry (whether or not this is a good thing depends on your feelings about his style of comedy). I actually think I am generous in giving this disappointing film even a 4. Here are some reasons I disliked the film:

1. The plot has to get the viewer to suspend disbelief to the point where the viewer has to be stupid! Who would believe that the almost 30 year-old Jerry could successfully pose as a 13 year-old?!? Not only did he sport a 5 o'clock shadow, but he was 6 feet tall!! And his version of a kid is loud, shrill and annoying.

2. Jerry is loud, shrill and annoying. I frankly wanted to see him shut up and stop overdoing every scene. Subtle he wasn't--which is a shame, as Lewis could be subtle and funny if properly directed.

3. There is no originality at all about the film. It's simply a copy of "The Major and the Minor" and does not improve on it in any way. Dean Martin's songs are pleasant but do not make up for this deficiency.

So, if you love Jerry Lewis films and think he's a genius AND can believe he can pass for a kid, you'll probably enjoy this film. Otherwise, beware!

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