While working as a counselor at a summer camp, college-student Marjorie Morgenstern falls for 32-year-old Noel Airman, a would-be dramatist working at a nearby summer theater. Like Marjorie, he is an upper-middle-class New York Jew (born 'Ehrman'), but has fallen away from his roots, and Marjorie's parents object among other things to his lack of a suitable profession, such as medicine or law. Noel himself warns Marjorie repeatedly that she's much too naive and conventional for him, but they nonetheless fall in love. As they pursue an on-again-off-again relationship, Marjorie completes her studies at Hunter College, and works to establish an acting career, while Noel first leaves the theater for a job with an advertising agency, but later completes a musical he'd started writing before he and Marjorie had first met. Meanwhile, their relationship deepens (though, consistent with '50s Hollywood mores, the more full-fledged sexuality in their relationship is never explicitly communicated...
The picture that is the story of every young girl who ever had to choose between decency and desire!
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Did You Know?
was initially offered the role of Noel Airman that eventually went to Gene Kelly
. Danny Kaye
was also offered the Airman role, but turned it down as being "too Jewish." See more
At Marsha's wedding, Marjorie extinguishes her cigarette twice. See more
Were you in love with Papa when you married him?
When I met your father I was in love with Rudolph Valentino.
There is a credit for the perfume worn by the leading players. See more
The Warner Bros. logo and the WarnerColor credit are cut from television and video prints. See more
A Very Precious Love
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster See more