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Over 21 (1945)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 8 August 1945 (USA)
A woman screenwriter lives in a shabby bungalow in order to be near her husband, a 39-year-old newspaper editor who has just joined the army.

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Charles Vidor

Writers:

Sidney Buchman (screenplay), Ruth Gordon (play)
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Irene Dunne ... Paula 'Polly' Wharton
Alexander Knox ... Max W. Wharton
Charles Coburn ... Robert Drexel Gow
Jeff Donnell ... Jan Lupton
Loren Tindall ... Lt. Roy Lupton
Lee Patrick ... Mrs. Foley
Phil Brown ... Frank MacDougal
Cora Witherspoon ... Mrs. Gates
Charles Evans ... Colonel Foley
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Max Wharton, 39, is the editor of the New York Bulletin -- or he was, until he announces that he's quitting to join the army. Robert Gow, who owns the paper, is furious. But Wharton wants more than anything to be close to the war. And his wife, Polly, wants to be close to him. And so she finishes up her latest movie script, and follows her husband to live near the barracks. She lives in a bungalow with no shower, lights that you have to turn on and off from the outside, a refrigerator that makes a hideous noise when she's lucky (that means it's working), moths and other niceties. Meanwhile, Max, studying hard for his exams, is starting to believe the saw that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Written by J. Spurlin

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Three delightful players in a comedy modern. fast-paced and hilarious...

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Comedy

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USA

Language:

English

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8 August 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Locamente enamorada See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 29, 1952 with Irene Dunne reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

When Polly (Irene Dunne) is writing columns for Max (Alexander Knox) while he's busy attending classes and studying, one of the columns has a typo in the title - "Victory is What You You Make It." See more »

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[first lines]
Robert Drexel Gow: My editor! My paper! And this is how he tells me!
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Moldy comedy based on a play by Ruth Gordon about her own experiences
29 April 2008 | by J. SpurlinSee all my reviews

Max Wharton (Alexander Knox), 39, is the editor of the New York Bulletin -- or he was, until he announces to his boss over the Teletype that he's quitting to join the army. Robert Gow (Charles Coburn), who owns the paper, is furious. Wharton is the Bulletin. Without him there's no newspaper. But what Wharton wants is to be close to the war. And his wife, Polly (Irene Dunne), wants to be close to him. And so she finishes up her latest movie script and goes to live near the barracks. She suffers life in a bungalow that has no shower, lights that you have to turn on and off from the outside, a refrigerator that will make a hideous noise when she's lucky (that means it's working), moths and other niceties. Meanwhile, Max is starting to believe the saw that you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Supposedly, anyone over 21 has great difficulty in learning what one needs to learn to become an officer.

It's a lie, says Polly. But she's not sure whether she wants him to graduate or not. If he fails, he can go back to the paper, his baby, the thing he's constantly worrying about when he isn't worried about his tests. Gow has been calling her constantly, trying to talk to Max, but Polly won't let him, not when he has more important things on his mind.

Finally, Gow tells Polly that he has to sell the paper. Polly stops him in the only way she can. She tells him Max will write editorials from the barracks. But there's no way Max could handle the extra work load, so she writes the editorials herself.

The British critic, Leslie Halliwell, sums up this movie in his Film Guide: "Thin star comedy based on Ruth Gordon's play about her own predicament; not for the wider audience, and not very good anyway." Irene Dunne and Charles Coburn are good, as always, but you can see them in other movies.


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