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The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer
The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer
Actors: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Shirley Temple, Rudy Vallee, Ray Collins
Directors: Irving Reis, Tex Avery
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Animation
NR     2004     1hr 35min

Through no fault of his own, artist and lady's man Richard Nugent finds a love-besotted teenage girl curled on his sofa. Through no fault of his own, the teen's sister is a judge who "sentences" thunderstruck Richard to da...  more »


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Actors: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Shirley Temple, Rudy Vallee, Ray Collins
Directors: Irving Reis, Tex Avery
Creators: Nicholas Musuraca, Robert De Grasse, Frederic Knudtson, Dore Schary, Fred Quimby, Sidney Sheldon
Genres: Comedy, Kids & Family, Animation
Sub-Genres: Animation, Classic Comedies, Cary Grant, Classics, Family Films, Animation
Studio: Turner Home Ent
Format: DVD - Black and White - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/01/2004
Original Release Date: 05/15/1948
Theatrical Release Date: 05/15/1948
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 35min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 21
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French

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Movie Reviews

Jonathan M. Norberg | Grand Forks, ND | 07/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I laughed out loud a few times at this movie. Cary Grant is his usual "no good yet funny" self, and Shirley Temple is a very cute teenager. Simple, amusing, and 40's clean. This is a very good "popcorn" movie. Enjoy it--they don't make 'em like this anymore!!"
"Susan's growing pains are rapidly becoming a major disease.
Bomojaz | South Central PA, USA | 04/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Shirley Temple is Susan, the 17-year-old sister of the rather stuffy Judge (Myrna Loy), who develops an infatuation for artist Cary Grant. Grant is "asked" to date Temple until the infatuation wears off; meanwhile, he and Loy fall in love. There are a couple of terrific scenes, like the one in the restaurant where all the characters converge in grand confusion and misunderstanding. There is also a very appealing breeziness in all the proceedings (helped along mostly by Rudy Valee as Loy's longtime beau and Roy Collins as a psychiatrist). Worth a watch."
"I couldn't help overhearing. I had my ear to the door."
Dymon Enlow | 12/11/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Far from Grant's worst (THE PRIDE AND THE PASSION) and definitely not his best (THE AWFUL TRUTH) THE BACHELOR & THE BOBBY-SOXER just kinda sits somewhere in the middle, well, maybe just a little higher than the middle. The cast is strong, the script a little forced, but the direction by Irving Reis is flat and uninspired. If Howard Hawks, Preston Sturges or Leo McCarey had directed this same movie it would be a masterpiece.

After a brief encounter, teenager Shirley Temple has fallen deeply in love with the older but dashing Cary Grant. So deep in fact that she sneaks into his apartment while he's gone. Grant returns a few minutes before the law does and next thing you know Grant is ordered by the court to hang out with Temple until she falls out of love with him! See what I mean by the script being forced.

Anyway, that's a long and confusing set-up just to see Grant in a difficult situation, but it's almost worth it cause some really funny stuff happens next. What most people seem to remember is when Grant turns the tables and actually acts like a crazy talking teenager "Hi. Mello greeting, yookie dookie!" But my favorite scene is when Grant takes Judge Myrna Loy to dinner at a fancy club and before long everybody in the cast is sitting at their table arguing. Rudy Vallee even has his chair stolen at one point!

Woman: "Now there's a guy who never goes out of a girl's mind. He just stays a heavy meal."
Man: "Oh yea. Then what am I like?"
Woman: "Orange juice."

THE BACHELOR & THE BOBBY-SOXER is worth watching (a few times) and has some good screwball scenes, but it just never reaches that lunatic pace that made THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK, BRINGING UP BABY and LOVE CRAZY such timeless classics.

Margaret - Myrna Loy (THE THIN MAN, LOVE CRAZY)
Beemish - Ray Collins (TOUCH OF EVIL, CITIZEN KANE)
Thaddeus - Harry Davenport (GONE WITH THE WIND, THE OX-BOW INCIDENT)

Everyone's knight in shining armor
K. Williams | Los Angeles, CA USA | 03/28/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Target of a school girl's weekly crush and victim of circumstance, Richard Nugent (Cary Grant), is jailed for seducing a minor, Susan (Shirley Temple). Though innocence is evident, he has angered the female Judge Margaret Turner (Myrna Loy), who happens to be the minor's sister. In a plea bargain, Grant must "date" Susan until her crush wains. Attempting to wriggle free of his sentence, Grant eschews the mature demeanor that transformed him into the bobby soxer's knight in shining armor. Seeing this other side of Grant draws Loy to judge him worthy of her own affection. Untangling and redirecting emotions results in some hilarious moments.

Movie quote: "Now there's a guy who never goes out of a girl's mind. He just stays there... like a heavy meal.""