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Nice comedy
Petey-1023 April 2004
Shirley Temple plays a high school girl Susan Turner who falls for an artist called Richard Nugent (Cary Grant).Also Susan's older sister Judge Margaret Turner starts to like this playboy artist.The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer is a good comedy which has many fine moments.The acting is brilliant, and how could you miss with this cast.Cary Grant is a man you can always count on.He could always make great performances.Myrna Loy is wonderful and so is Shirley Temple.This ex-child star celebrates her 76th birthday today, so happy birthday Shirley. I recommend this screwball comedy for everybody, who needs a few laughs.
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Calysta18 January 2000
An all star cast leads the best original screenplay of 1947. Cary Grant is my favourite actor, and Myrna Loy, best remembered for her trademark housewife equal in "The Thin Man" are two of Hollywood's brightest comics together in a pretty funny film. Throw in teenaged seventeen year old Shirley Temple falling for a shining knight in armour/playboy/artist Cary and her Judge sister, and a fun packed comedy results. Somehow, Cary playing another play boy who the women keep falling for cannot convince me of the stretch.

There are great scenes, notably at the races. This only further proves that Cary may very well be the funniest straight actor to appear on the screen. The supporting cast itself is a great one, and the leads are fantastic.

This film has been well directed, but not enough to meddle in the great performances. Screenplay manages to simply enough combine humour and creativity. A light hearted romp and good entertainment.

It's a little lesser known as many of these actors other films always overshadow it, but it is still a good example of 1940s film making, with top talent at its best.

Rating: 8.25/10
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My knight in shining armor
jotix10015 February 2005
This is a delightful movie has the imprint of Sidney Sheldon all over the place. Not only is Mr. Sheldon a good writer, but it shows he has an ear for what seem to work, be it a book, or in this case, a screenplay. Under the direction of Irving Reis, this comedy is still fun to watch after all these years.

The stars, of course, are the main reasons for watching "The Boxer and the Bobby Soxer". The film's premise is about the infatuation of a impressionable teen ager with a much older man. The object of that affection is a playboy who appears to be unsuitable for the girl. The contrast between the older man and the young girl creates a lot of funny situations.

To make matters worse, the sister of the young girl is a judge, who sees right through the roguish Richard Nugent and wants him to leave the girl alone, but figures that surely her sister will soon get bored with the man.

Myrna Loy does wonders with her role as Margaret Turner. Cary Grant brings his natural elegance to the role of Richard Nugent; just watch him in the picnic competition. Shirley Temple is a sweet Susan, the girl infatuated with Richard. In minor roles, Rudy Vallee and Ray Collins are perfectly cast.

In a couple of scenes in the film we see Richard Nugent in shining armor, as both sisters take turns in imagining him her hero. Only the right one will be rewarded.
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"You remind me of a man..."
gaityr7 August 2002
Like most romantic comedies, the premise of THE BACHELOR & THE BOBBY-SOXER really isn't on the firmest of grounds (though why watch a film if you want full-blown reality?). Myrna Loy plays serious-minded Judge Margaret Turner, who always pays strict attention to the facts in every situation (personal or professional). She has guardianship of her younger sister Susan (Shirley Temple), a hormonal young girl who develops an instant crush on a roguish art lecturer Richard Nugent (Cary Grant) when he gives a lecture at her school. In order to help her get over this crush, Margaret--urged by her uncle Matt (Ray Collins)--gently blackmails Richard into being Susan's beau until the crush wears off. What ensues is a delightful comedy of errors as Richard squires Susan around town, while struggling to deal with an assistant district attorney (the suitably uptight Rudy Vallee) and Susan's own ex-boyfriend Jerry (Johnny Sands) as he falls in love with Margaret (and vice versa).

It really does seem almost impossible for a film to get any cuter or more feel-good than THE BACHELOR & THE BOBBY-SOXER. First of all, much of the comedy is fantastic--from Susan's starry-eyed image of 'Dickie' as a (literal!) knight in shining armour, through to her attempt to pass herself off as both Dick's mother and Margaret's sister when trying to help Dick escape from jail. The dining scene at the club is brilliant fun, especially as more and more people arrive at the table to disrupt Dick and Margaret's privacy. Watch Cary Grant's reactions in this scene--truly a fantastic comedic performance that has, thankfully, been captured on film to the great benefit of future generations. ;) You just can't help laughing throughout the film--at Susan's misguided passion for Dick, Dick's helpless bewilderment when he gets landed in jail for nothing he can remember, the attempts at matchmaking Uncle Matt subtly tries to pull off etc.

Secondly, the cast itself is excellent. There is no better (or more under-rated) comic actor than Cary Grant, and he lends his considerable talent and boundless charm to the character without reservation. It's always the little throwaway touches that count with Grant's performances, tiny things that make him appear so natural on the screen, and his Dick Nugent is remarkably true to life. I especially love it when Dick trades his car in and turns up his trouser cuffs to act 'young' around the Turners. ("You remind me of a man...") Myrna Loy is delightful as well, though woefully under-used. It's not hard to believe her as a fully professional, modern woman (surely female judges must have been very rare at the time?); nor is it difficult to believe that the judge might have a sweeter, human side. (Though who wouldn't be convincing when asked to fall in love with Cary Grant?) It's a shame that there aren't more love scenes between Grant and Loy, as they doubtlessly have great chemistry together. As for Shirley Temple--there is just no denying how cute she is, and how well she plays the role of the flighty, passionate Susan. It's not an easy role to play, given how the character as written is really rather annoying. Temple makes Susan sweeter and more tolerable, and she definitely holds her own in the company of Grant and Loy.

The only problem with the film, given its great cast and very funny script, is that the 'comedic' element triumphs at the expense of the 'romantic'. There aren't half as many scenes between Grant and Loy as I would personally have liked, and although Loy herself is very convincing in her portrayal of Margaret--you really *do* believe that her character has fallen for Grant's--it certainly isn't with the help of the script. The film really belongs to Grant and Temple, both of whom get to show off their comic talents to great effect. While Loy makes an excellent straight (wo)man, it really is a shame that we didn't get to see more of her, or more of her character interacting with Grant's.

All in all, great fun, great laughs, great cast. The great romance... well, that would probably have to come from another film. That said, THE BACHELOR & THE BOBBY-SOXER is still definitely a film that's well worth the watch...
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Mellow Greetings. Yookie Dookie!
Calaboss2 May 2004
This is pure, innocent fun. If you're not too jaded by modern life, this film will tickle you. Cary Grant is in fine comic form, as are the rest of the cast.

The thing that really got me, the first time I saw this film, was how gorgeous Shirley Temple was as a young woman. I was only used to seeing her as a little girl in her early movies, but wow, she grew up quite well. Very easy on the eyes. I felt the same way about her when I saw Fort Apache. Fact is, if I was 17 in 1947, they'd have to use fire hoses to keep me away from her. Oh, that little button nose....

The cast comes together well and keeps your interest all the way through. One of those early comedies that doesn't require harsh language, nudity, or gross-out jokes to get its laughs.

This is a movie that I can always enjoy every time it shows up on TV. Great performances by all.

"Mellow greetings, Yookie-Dookie!" (You'll understand why that is funny if you see the movie.)
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Enjoyable Light Comedy
Snow Leopard12 August 2004
With three appealing stars and a silly but interesting story, this is an enjoyable light comedy that moves at a good pace and makes you feel at home with its offbeat characters. Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, and Shirley Temple all get plenty to work with, as each of their characters is pretty well-suited to their talents. They make their characters believably flawed and engaging at the same time.

The story makes it clear early on that it should not be taken too seriously, yet it is told well enough that it is easy to set aside any plausibility issues. The early misadventures set up the amusing arrangement that the judge (Loy) agrees to, in the hopes of keeping the others out of trouble, and this in turn sets up a new series of outlandish events. Harry Davenport and Ray Collins head up a pretty good supporting cast, and the situation builds pretty well, leading up to a complicated, entertaining set of tangle-ups.

While there is nothing remarkable about it, "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer" is the kind of pleasant silliness that takes the right touch to make it work. It makes for an enjoyable way to spend an hour and a half.
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A great comedy all around - and Rudy Vallee's most unlikeable character
theowinthrop8 January 2007
Warning: Spoilers
This film is a rich one. Cary Grant is a charming artist who is always finding himself pulled into court by trouble he never intended to cause. Trouble finds Grant everywhere, because he is a magnet to women, and men get jealous. He is brought to court for just such an occurrence, and low and behold the judge is Myrna Loy. She is a no nonsense judge, but she allows Grant's lawyer (Dan Tobin) to convince her to let him off with a lecture.

However, soon after, Grant delivers a lecture on the pleasures of a career in art to the local high school. Unfortunately he attracts the attention of high school senior Shirley Temple. Temple manages to go to Grant's apartment and get inside - she feels they are made for each other. But she falls asleep, and Grant returns home without noticing her. He gets into his pajamas and dressing gown and makes himself a drink, planning to read a book before bed. He puts on the music, waking up Temple. She says hello to him while he looks totally confused - and then there is pounding at his door. It is the police, the D.A. (Rudy Vallee) and Temple's sister...yes Myrna Loy.

Grant is arrested on a very sticky charge - we are never informed precisely, but it appears to be attempted statutory rape. However, Loy is convinced by her uncle Ray Collins, to be easy on Grant - if she isn't, Temple will always think of Grant as a martyr. Grant has to help Temple get him out of her system. So Grant is given a suspended sentence if he cooperates (which he really hates doing).

The story is very odd in it's reversals of character. Loy never played such a high ranking professional before, nor had Grant played an artist of any type. Temple, the darling little girl of the 1930s, was now grown up, and here comes closest to playing a really bratty character: so spoiled that she does not care about how her actions affect Loy, Grant, Vallee, and her boyfriend from high school (Johnny Sands).

Possibly the most curious change in character is Vallee. He became something of a fixture in films in the 1940s, usually with Preston Sturgis like in THE SIN OF HAROLD DIDDLEBOCK or THE PALM BEACH STORY, or in films like I REMEMBER MAMA. His character were somewhat pompous but basically harmless. Here he is (due to growing jealousy, but initially due to disgust) in his most unlikeable character. After Grant is released, he meets Vallee in front of Loy and Temple's house. Vallee, sneeringly says, "Why don't you come to my home for my niece's birthday party? You'd like her...she's six!!" Grant, understandably, looks like he wants to flatten the crooner. Later on he steals a chair in a restaurant from a patron who was using it (causing the patron to fall down). The patron confronts him, but Vallee won't even consider apologizing. So the patron evens the score a second later.

In this comedy you discover all about the man with a power (what power - Hoodoo! You'll catch on). You will see veteran nice old grandpa Harry Davenport show a less likable side to his nature, taking out his anger on defenseless chessmen. You will enjoy this quirky comedy, and be glad you saw it.
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It has made me laugh ... over and over
OldPolitico21 March 2005
Warning: Spoilers
I own a VHS copy of this film and have watched it several times and it never ceases to be delightful. Some of the other reviews are no doubt hampered by being the result of a single viewing or not paying attention. For example, at least two identify Shirey Temple's character as a college student rather than a high schooler.

To understand the interpersonal dynamics of the story, let's start with two of the great supporting actors in this film Rudy Vallee and Ray Collins. Collins plays a psychiatrist who does consulting work for the criminal justice system and who wants to see his niece, a police court judge played by Myrna Loy, married. Vallee plays an assistant district attorney (ADA) who is romantically interested in Loy's character but is frustrated by her lack of interest and Collins' overt hostility. Between her career and caring for her teenage sister played by Temple, Loy is content to spar with Vallee but keeps him at arms length.

For those who are having trouble with the "lady judge" in the 1940s angle - there were a few especially as lots of young male lawyers had gone off to the war and left opportunities for women in legal careers as in other fields, Loy plays a minor court judge, and she has relatives in the system (the aforementioned uncle and another who seems to be a retired judge). One also needs to know the times to understand that "bobby-soxer" refers to young girls wearing sox with the tops turned down ("bobbed" which means shortened). Another historical note - at least one reviewer has mentioned that there is a hint of pedophilia in the relationship between the characters played by Temple and Grant (mild by comparison to The Major And The Minor with Ray Milland and Ginger Rogers pretending to be 12). This is a somewhat anachronistic view as the trend has been toward raising the legal age of consent and the age for marriage in the two generations that separate us from the time this film was made. The idea of the high school girl and the playboy artist dating or marrying would have been a bit scandalous in a middle class milieu like this, but it would not necessarily have seemed criminal to most folks.

So now we come to the silly schoolgirl crush which Shirley Temple's character conceives with regard to the urbane, sophisticated, handsome, and slightly rakish artist played by Cary Grant. This is a stock element of many romantic comedies. In fact, there is an interesting parallel between Shirley daydreaming that Cary Grant is a knight in shining armor and the romantic reveries of Reese Witherspoon's character in The Importance of Being Earnest. Our teen heroine in this movie is a bit of what we would now call a "drama queen." We see this not only in her relation to the older artist, but in the way she returns to her high school beau talking about how handsome he will be in uniform (he just got his draft notice).

When our psychiatrist uncle (Collins) comes up with the idea of having the artist (Grant) pay court to the bobby-soxer (Temple) till she tires of him, he is playing a double - even a triple - game. He wants to put what he considers a real man (Grant) in close proximity to the judge (Loy) and he wants to irritate the assistant district attorney (Vallee) whom he expects will suffer by the comparison.

The artist accepts his unusual form of probation reluctantly and soon begins to see another, and more desirable, side of the judge but each time they begin to get close something intrudes to keep them from acknowledging their feelings. Meanwhile, the artist craftily cultivates the friendship of the ex-boyfriend to keep him in our bobby-soxer's company.

The scene at the community picnic where the artist and the ADA compete (sack races and such) for ribbons, and the attention of the judge, is hilarious, especially as our bobby-soxer bribes the high school boys to help her artist to beat the ADA. And the later scene in the nightclub is also a real winner.

The chemistry between Grant and Loy here is not the greatest, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House is much better in that department, but they give a good account of themselves as reluctant lovers. Loy was always fabulous as the straight partner for a physical comic actor which she perfected in over a dozen pairings with William Powell (I Love You Again, Love Crazy, the Thin Man series, etc.). Through most of this film Grant has little scope for his physical comedy (especially as compared to Bringing Up Baby or Monkey Business) which is why the picnic sequence really shines, but his facial expressions and voice make the most of the limited possibilities, especially in the nightclub scene where there is a lot going on in a small space and Cary Grant still shines.

This movie is a bit dated, and I don't think you could make it today with the same charm and innocence. But it is a joy to watch on its own terms and I highly recommend it.
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Growing Pains
Jace00722 February 2001
This well written script was enhanced by the performances of Grant, Loy, Temple and Collins.

Some may say the storyline is farfetched - but most movies are guilty of this crime. The movie is original in idea, but had the same formula and end results for the productions made back then (and a few right now).

Highly Recommend this movie.
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Screwball Comedy With Strong Characters and Older Generation Angst
silverscreen88815 August 2005
This film is one of the most copied in the history of Hollywood, I claim. I find it is clever without being profound, its characters are unusually believable and well-developed; and it is a light-hearted look from beginning to end at a very interesting plot question--the precocity of young people who lack categorizing definitions, life-experience and therefore the context to make prioritized value decisions; in a word, it's about the problems adults have with children who want to act as grown ups without having the means to do so successfully. The central character of this film is a successful bachelor named Richard Nugent. Through no fault of his own, the artist ends up in court before Judge Margaret Turner who recognizes his innocence but warns him not to appear before her again on a similar charge, caused by a lady in a night club.,. The situation then become complicated by Nugent's appearance before a high-school class as speaker, an event at which Margaret's daughter falls in love with him despite or because of the difference in their ages. Margaret enlists his help when a casual put-off remark results in the daughter's showing up at Nugent's apartment to be painted. Her idea is to have him continue to see Susan, in the hopes the daughter will realize she belongs with someone nearer her own age. The result is merriment that takes many forms, including physical contests at a picnic where Nugent finds himself the rival of Margaret's boyfriend while trying to lose for Susan's sake; a basketball game where he must champion her erstwhile beau from the bleachers; and family occasions where the dialogue turns frequently hilarious. The best thing about this screwball comedy, to me as a writer, is the gradual development of relationships it allows the audience to share. Fundamentally, the film concerns five persons--Nugent, played with charm by Cary Grant, intelligent Myrna Loy as Margaret, pretty Shirley Temple as a fast-growing Susan, her daughter, Rudy Vallee as Grant's rival, prefiguring his stuffy role in "How to Succeed in Business" and other comedies, and Lillian Randolph as long-suffering Bessie, the family's maid and confidant-adviser. The happy ending achieved for all in this story-line is the result of the common sense shown by Loy and Grant; the 'screwball' aspect which is not a genre, but rather a way-of-handling social-mores comedy, is here made to serve a plot that involves several hard-working normative people in a situation that should never have happened but has in fact happened. The production values of this bright comedy are far-above-average I suggest in every respect. Leigh Harline's music is understated and very useful, and the cinematography by Robert de Grasse and Nichloas Musuraca is high-contrast B/W and very good in a number of types of scenes. Director Irving Reis and writer Sidney Sheldon keep the film's pace and style very swift and consistent. Art Direction by Carroll Clark and Albert S. D'Agostino and the set decorations by James Altwies and Darrell Silvera add to the elegance and fun of the production. Edward Stevenson provided the gowns. Among the cast, Cary Grant is very-well cast it seems to me as the suave, womanizing and genial Nugent; he also portrays exasperation very nicely, and his reading of comedic one-liners is one of his best professional strengths. Myrna Loy suggests her sensuous side so well that she fits perfectly the stuffy role of a judge who is decidedly unstuffy. Her confidant in the film other than Randolph is Ray Collins, always a great listener and man with a wisecrack or sage advice. Temple is very good indeed as a teenager; her teenaged films are for me the best of her filmic outings. Vallee created a whole new career for himself as droll comedic second-lead with this impersonation; and Randolph is very strong as the understanding servant-cum-friend. Others in the cast include Veda Ann Borg, Dan Tobin, Harry Davenport and Ransom Sherman. All the younger people in the film are well-chosen by my standards. The film introduces the nonsensical "You remind me of a man" mnemonic, which became the springboard for "The Power", Frank M. Robinson's sci-fi classic, and a fine film of the 1960s. This is a dialogue and situation comedy with elements of satire and more. It is frequently as good as its award-winning screenplay would lead one to expect it would be, and then some. Civilized angst about the younger generation perhaps never seemed to be funnier than in this movie.
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A Good Grant Comedy
harry-7617 April 1999
"The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer" offered Cary Grant a plum comedy role, which he obviously relished with glee. It got him cast as a smart artist playboy paired with no nonsense judge Myrna Loy, whose younger sister, Shirley Temple, has some growing up pains to work through. This trio, assisted by Ray Collins, Harry Davenport, and Rudy Vallee in a very funny turn, work together for some good laughs, thanks to a clever original script by Sidney Sheldon. A sequence at a park picnic is hilarious. A nice little comedy, representative of the post-WWII period as folks were looking for light entertainment and approaching the 50s with bright anticipation.
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Has Some Charm To It
ccthemovieman-14 May 2006
The slang of teenagers back in this era make this a "cute" movie that is humorous. It isn't just the teens that are fun to here: Cary Grant delivers a lot of funny lines himself. The screenplay to this movie won an Academy Award so you know the dialog is pretty good.

The story is a lightweight and goofy one but would appeal to many people. It's a little slow at first but once Shirley Temple (now in late teens) begins to get a crush on Grant, it picks up. However, be warned that especially with comedies the humor often appears dated decades later, and this surely does, too.

It's not what I'd call "hilarious," but it's a pleasant film and one of the few good ones featuring Temple as a young lady. Almost all of her memorable films were when she was a youngster in the 1930s. This gets passable grades, however.
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"I'm not a judge, but I'll bet there's no law that says I have to go out with children!"
slymusic16 March 2007
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"The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer" is one of my favorite romance comedies starring Cary Grant as professional painter Richard Nugent (the bachelor), Myrna Loy as Judge Margaret Turner, and Shirley Temple as Margaret's much younger sister Susan (the bobby-soxer), for whom Margaret is legally responsible. One day Richard is brought to Margaret's court on a public disturbance charge that is soon dropped, and later that day he gives a lecture on art at the high school where Susan attends. The seventeen-year-old Susan instantly falls in love with this much older man and shows up uninvited at his apartment in order to pose for him, resulting in Richard innocently being hauled off to jail before he can even say a word. Things look bad for Richard until Margaret's & Susan's uncle Dr. Matt Beemish (Ray Collins), the court psychiatrist, comes up with a plan: Richard is to be (reluctantly) Susan's beau until she gets over her crush for him.

My favorite scenes from "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer" include the following (DO NOT read any further until after you have seen this picture). On the evening that Susan sneaks into Richard's apartment hoping to pose for him, Richard turns on his radio and hears a nice orchestration of "My Shining Hour," after which he is horrified to see Susan lying on his couch; he then hears loud bangings on his door as the next song announced on the radio is "Last Ride in a Patrol Wagon"! While sitting in jail, Richard offers a hilarious explanation (which escalates in confused anger) to his attorney (Dan Tobin). In order to win the disapproval of Margaret's & Susan's cranky great-uncle Judge Thaddeus Turner (Harry Davenport), Richard shows up at the Turner household hastily dressed like a zoot, playfully adopting the slick jive talk and fancy footwork as only Cary Grant could do so well. Later on at the picnic, Richard and assistant district attorney Tommy Chamberlain (Rudy Vallee), with whom Richard had an altercation during his aforementioned arrest, spend a very silly afternoon competing in the picnic races; Richard fails miserably until the final full-fledged obstacle course, in which Susan's spurned boyfriend Jerry (Johnny Sands) fixes it so that Richard wins. Richard and Margaret hope to spend a quiet evening together at a nightclub, but they are soon unexpectedly joined, one by one, by Susan, Jerry, Tommy, and a young couple (Don Beddoe and Vera Ann Borg) with whom Richard had the altercation that brought him to Margaret's court in the first place; without having done anything wrong, Richard becomes insulted, yelled at, splashed in the face with wine, and stuck with the check while everyone else angrily leaves Richard's table, including Margaret. And finally, back at the Turner residence, the slamming of various doors infuriates Thaddeus until he himself behaves immaturely.

"The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer" is a wonderful comedy with an excellent cast. Nobody but Cary Grant could play the role of Richard Nugent, a man who tries his best to be respectable and elegant but who innocently gets caught up in extraordinary situations. Myrna Loy was perfect as the stern yet likable Judge Margaret Turner, who is very loving & protective of her younger sister and who eventually sees just what a charming man Richard is. And Shirley Temple, with whom we are more familiar as a child star, turned out to be a very beautiful adolescent and was perfect for the role of the adorable, intelligent, lovesick Susan Turner.
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Cary, Shirley, and Myrna all in a movie!!!
JLB-411 August 1999
I loved this movie but of course, I love anything Cary is in. I thought this movie was a great screwball comedy and just seeing Cary in that wild races(ex.egg race) He is just such a funny man. * I love the dimple in his chin* This is a delightful comedy about a boy-crazy teen played by Shirley who sets her sights on Cary. Who wouldn't? She hides in his apt. and suprises him. Meanwhile, Myrna finds Shirley missing and goes up to Cary's apartment, finds them together, and he is arrested. Well, he punched the DA, so that might account towards it. Then he is sentenced to be her date till she gets tired of him. If I told you anymore it would ruin the movie. Just watch it if you can. It is a treat. I love the dinner scene when everyone leaves Cary alone!
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Makes You Laugh a Lot
claudio_carvalho6 March 2015
The adolescent Susan Turner (Shirley Temple) is a fashionable and spoiled teenager that lives with her tough and uptight sister Margaret Turner (Myrna Loy), who is a judge. One day, Margaret has to judge the artist Richard "Dick" Nugent (Cary Grant), who is a reckless and wolf playboy, for a fight in a nightclub and she dismiss the case. Richard leaves the court and goes to the high-school where Susan studies to give a lecture of modern arts to the students. Susan has a crush on Richard and she breaks up with her boyfriend Jerry (Johnny Sands). She interviews Richard after the lecture and during the night, she lies to the portlier of his building telling that she is going to model for Richard and she sneaks in his apartment. She sleeps on the couch and when Richard arrives home late night, he does not see her. Meanwhile, Margaret and her friend, the district attorney Tommy (Rudy Vallee), are seeking out Susan. When they find her in Richard's apartment, they believe that she has been seduced by him and Richard is sent to the jail. Margaret's uncle Beemish (Ray Collins), who is the court psychiatrist, convinces Margaret to release Richard; otherwise Susan's crush would not stop. They make a deal with Richard forcing him to date Susan to diminish her passion. Richard dislikes the situation but has no other way out of the problem. While dating Susan, Richard and Margaret fall in love with each other; but Susan is a pain in the ass for them.

"The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer" is a dated, but delightful screwball comedy that makes you laugh a lot. Cary Grant is hilarious in the role of a playboy and wolf that is involved by an annoying teenager and sentenced based on his reputation. It is impossible to not laugh with the picnic competition and the meeting in the nightclub during the celebration of one of Richard's "acquaintances". If you need something to relieve you from a stressed day, watch this movie that you will certainly feel better in the end. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Solteirão Cobiçado" ("Desired Bachelor")
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Threading the Needle
dougdoepke4 July 2010
Want some insight into what titillated movie-goers in the post-war 1940's? This 1947 RKO production is a good place to start. There's the marquee value of a seductively handsome Cary Grant coupled with that spunky symbol of all-American innocence Shirley Temple, enough at the time to draw in ticket-buying throngs with its naughty innuendo of daring departure and forbidden pleasure. In fact, the underage subtext lingers beneath much of the movie's plot and humorous settings, but in a totally innocent manner, proving that this is not yet the more permissive 1960's. One slip, however, and this light-hearted soufflé could easily have become burnt-toast of the most tasteless variety. Fortunately, there are no slips.

Once the pace picks up, this comedy sparkles as brightly as any other Cary Grant madcap, which is to say, about as good as comedy gets. The nightclub scene is an absolute triumph of timing, staging, and scripting. The laughs build as the party table becomes more and more chaotic, interrupted by one petty annoyance after another, finally reducing the worldly Grant to speechless exasperation. This is the type of soaring comedic architecture that requires real artistry, but has been sadly replaced in contemporary film by a dumbed- down world of bathroom jokes, insult gags, and other cheap forms of humor that appeal mainly to juveniles.

The movie itself, directed by an unheralded Irving Reis, is literally brimful of bounce and charm, leaving no one in doubt that the big war is over and America is ready for the future even if its libido is showing. With: a slyly endearing Ray Collins, a bemusedly prim Myrna Loy, a pompously befuddled Rudy Vallee, and a well-deserved Oscar for writer Sidney Sheldon, along with a final scene that could not be more apt. Despite the shift in public mores, audiences now as then should find this a highly entertaining ninety minutes of expert movie- making.
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Whodo? You do!
blanche-223 March 2006
Myrna Loy is a judge who sentences Cary Grant to Shirley Temple in "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer," also starring Rudy Vallee, Johnny Sands, Ray Collins, and Veda Ann Borg. Grant is Richard Nugent, an artist who gets into some trouble and comes before Judge Turner (Loy). He leaves court and heads for a high school to give a lecture, only to encounter Judge Turner's 17 going on 35-year-old sister, Susan, played by Shirley Temple. Like the rest of the girls in the audience, Susan thinks Richard is dreamy but takes things a step further. She corners him in a room for a school paper interview and asks important artistic questions such as, "Are you married?" and "Have you ever been in love?" To get rid of her, Richard agrees to paint her portrait as America. When he returns home that evening, Susan is waiting in his apartment. Moments later, Richard is in jail, the Judge having figured out where her niece has gone. The court psychiatrist (Collins) talks the Judge into letting Susan get Nugent out of her system. It doesn't sit well with Richard, or Susan's quasi-boyfriend (Sands).

Grant's comic timing and mastery at underplaying is evident here as he reluctantly dates Susan, even dressing down and switching cars with her boyfriend to disillusion her. The scene at the picnic, when he tries his hands (and legs) at several events is hilarious. Toward the end of the film, he takes Judge Turner to dinner; before long, the entire cast is at the table talking and arguing as the waiters continually sing "Happy Birthday" to one customer after another, and a diner at another table tries to retrieve Rudy Vallee's chair for his own party - it's a great scene. Loy is sophisticated and glamorous which belies her judge-like decorum in the courtroom, where she's all sternness and intelligence. Temple is very funny as she tries to appear older and calls Grant "Dickie." Her pseudosophisticated talk and haughtiness are amusing, but Temple is at her best when she's being what she is - a teenager. Johnny Sands is positively adorable as her boyfriend Jerry. His bio says he got fan mail until the day he died - I can believe it.

This is such a delightful movie, with a wonderful script by Sidney Sheldon and marvelous performances. The next time you're feeling blue, remember: "You remind me of a man!" "What man?" "The man with the power!" "What power?" "The power of whodo!" "Whodo?" "You do!" "What?" "You remind me of a man!"
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Her Knight in Shining Armor
bkoganbing25 November 2005
Poor Cary Grant has he got a problem here. An adolescent girl played by Shirley Temple has developed a king size crush on him. And she's the sister of Judge Myrna Loy who Grant had just appeared before. Judge Myrna already has a low opinion of fast living artist Cary who's got a line for every woman and every situation.

But when Shirley goes to his apartment because Grant fed her a line about modeling for him and Myrna catches them there however innocent, it's big troubles ahead.

However Grant gets a chance to get out of trouble if he can disillusion Shirley about himself. And that's what he has to do in the rest of the Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer.

This film comes from the fertile mind of Sidney Sheldon who also had another bachelor/bobby soxer film in Susan Slept Here. But this one is far superior to Susan Slept Here. Let's just say Grant ends up with the right girl in this one.

Cary Grant does a lot of physical comedy here, almost as much as he does in Arsenic and Old Lace. In some of his films the secret of the comedy is that the sophisticated Cary does a lot of out of character physical comedy that's a couple steps up from the Keystone Kops. The whole scene involving the town picnic with Grant in a three legged race, a potato spoon race, a potato sack race, and finally an obstacle course is funny in and of itself because it's Cary Grant doing it.

Myrna Loy in this film is Nora Charles with a career. And that's a good change for her. She's always a woman with a head on her shoulders and a good brain. But it always seems to be second fiddle to her leading man's intelligence whoever it was. I liked seeing her as a professional career woman here.

Rudy Vallee also carries on in the tradition established for him by Preston Sturges's comedies. He's the District Attorney here, a snooty District Attorney as only Rudy Vallee can be snooty.

Also giving good performances are Ray Collins and Harry Davenport as Loy and Temple's uncles, Johnny Sands as Temple's would be boy friend and the one and only Veda Ann Borg as a brassy dame as only she can be brassy.

One of Cary Grant's best comedies from the Forties.
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Light-hearted comedy, fun to watch.
sarrge7829 February 2004
This movie is full of fun; Cary Grant and Myrna Loy should have had more comedy roles together! If you liked Cary in "Bringing Up Baby" and Myrna in "Love Crazy" you will enjoy this one. Even your teenagers will like this(although they may roll their eyes in disbelief when they find out its in black and white!). The movie is a tasty blend of slapstick humor, the perils of interpersonal relationships and a particularly brilliant bit of artifice involving a mantel and a doll-(keep an eye out for it towards the end of the movie-it happens rather quickly!) I suppose it sounds trite to say it-but this film is just plain, good, old-fashioned, clean fun. I think it is a timeless classic that will continue to appeal to audiences in the future.
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Delightful, funny and charming!
redservo24 August 2003
I've always loved everything that Cary Grant has done, and this is no exception. A fast-paced, well-written and witty script does more than just show off the three main actors, Grant, Myrna Loy and Shirley Temple, it gives some of the funniest lines to the supporting cast.

Despite it's highly predictable plot, it isn't the outcome that kept me watching, but the wonderful witty script and comic timing. I understand that the behind the scenes tension, secondary to Ms. Loy being accused of a communist by McCarthy, was thick. But you would never guess it. The actors appear to be thoroughly, and genuinely enjoying themselves.

And it's that obvious pleasure that oozes out of the screen and into the audience. More than once, I caught myself laughing out loud. Definitely one to take time out and enjoy!
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Not "Arsenic and Old Lace, but . . ."
lynxlex28 June 1999
A pleasant Grant comedy with a grown up Shirley Temple. Nothing terribly original, but a pleasant diversion. Cary's entertaining as always and Myrna Loy fits the judge role nicely. Hard to believe that this movie, in which Shirley Temple plays a high schooler, was actually toward the tail end of her film career. What a waste that we didn't see more of her later.
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" Oh My Goodness Shirley Temple And Cary Grant "
PamelaShort22 September 2013
Warning: Spoilers
In this film, Shirley Temple is cast as Myrna Loy's younger teenage sister, and her responsibility since the death of their parents. Myrna Loy plays a judge and she first encounters Cary Grant, who plays a famous artist, when she has set him free after he was charged with assault and battery. He then ends up at Shirley's high school giving a lecture course, and the teenage girl becomes ( unknown to him ) very infatuated with the very handsome artist. When Loy finds out she sentences Grant to keep company with her sister until her crush for him is over. Grant and Loy eventually fall in love with each other and Shirley realizes the middle-aged Grant is more suited for her sister than for her. This 'fun and simple' comedy sounds easy, but the picture got off to a miserable start. Myrna Loy soon discovered playing Shirley Temple's older sister wasn't easy because she had to treat her rather severely on the screen. According to Loy, " You had to be careful in pictures about being to hard on dogs, children and Shirley Temple; otherwise you could really alienate audiences. Cary Grant did not like working with the younger director Irving Reis, and finally one day Grant stormed out in a huff. He went directly to producer Dore Schary and threatened to quit unless Reis was fired. Buckling to the pressure, Schary replaced Reis with himself. Temple takes her first screen drink in The Bachelor And The Bobby-Soxer, and the president of the Women's Christian Temperance Union protested that Shirley Temple would be doing a disservice to American youth if she drank on screen, on the the grounds she might lure unthinking teenagers to do the same thing. The studio vigorously denied that Shirley actually drank in the film, only takes a sip, makes a face and spurns the cocktail and the WCTU should be satisfied that Shirley spits out the drink. The behind the scenes adventures sound just as comical as the movie itself. Clearly this film survives because of Cary Grant's charm and meticulous sense of comedic timing along with the renewed box-office magic of a beautiful teenage Shirley Temple. Still a delightful comedy and an interesting look back to the 1940s.
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Very entertaining with witty clever dialogue through out
clanceylufkin11 February 2007
I wasn't expecting to much from this movie but was pleasantly surprised. Though the plot is a quite far fetched I couldn't help but fall in love with this fairy tale. So often with modern Hollywood comedies the laughs are from base and uninteresting humour. Not so here. The jokes are well thought out and do not challenge ones intelligence. I'm not a prude and the humour here is not prudish. Sometimes very when Grant admires Loy's breasts at their meeting in an upscale restaurant. A prime example of a 1940s screen writer slipping one past the Hollywood censors. This movie has no dead lulls and entertains from beginning to end.
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incredible fun
MartinHafer18 March 2006
This movie is good old-fashioned silly fun. I will gladly admit that this isn't one of the deeper or more sophisticated films Cary Grant ever made, but boy is it cute and enjoyable. In other words, if you're looking for a film with a message or something that will change your life, this isn't it.

Cary plays his part very broadly--and is, at times, very immature and goofy. And, it is in these moments that the film is at it's best. Well, anyways, Cary is forced into helping Myrna Loy with her younger sister (Shirley Temple--who is way too young to be Loy's sister). And, although it's pretty easy to anticipate where the movie will end, the journey there is so funny and difficult to predict that it is clearly one of Grant's better comedies. Not as good as ARSENIC AND OLD LACE, but what is?
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A True Grant/Loy/Temple Classic
jcholguin11 May 2003
When Shirley Temple was too old for those little girl films, she was able to play enjoyable Teenagers in some classic roles and probably her best is in this one. She plays "Susan Turner" the sister of "Judge Turner" played by Myrna Loy. Poor Susan seems to fall in love whenever a guest speaker arrives in her high school and the very bachelor "Dick Nugent" Cary Grant ends up with her. Susan is deeply in love with Grant but that begins to become a "love triangle." Grant and Loy are at their best as two grownups falling in love, but trying to deny it because of Susan. This is a fun and fast paced film with characters that you love. The supporting actors are great also lead by "Lt. Tragg, oops I mean Ray Collins" playing Uncle Matt to the Turners. Memorable Dialog catches your interest especially about the one about the "man." It goes like this: "You remind me of a man! What man? The man with the power! What power? The power of whodo! Whodo? You do! What? Remind me of a man! This is one film that you will always enjoy!
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