Review: ‘You’re Only Young Once’

First of the series involving the Hardy family is You're Only Young Once.

First of the series involving the Hardy family is You’re Only Young Once.

Lewis Stone replaces Lionel Barrymore as the head of the family, the latter having the job in Wilderness and in Family Affair.

Characters of the piece were ideaed by Aurania Rouverol. There’s the kindly judge, the daughter suffering all the exquisite torture of young love, the son in his first long pants and getting away from the mumblety peg period in a series of blushes, the mother who rules in fact, the old maiden aunt with a few ideas, etc.

Fairly well blessed with a bannk balance, the judge (Lewis Stone) maneuvers his family into a trip to Catalina, where he wants to catch a swordfish to further clutter his study at home. Daughter Cecilia Parker wants to go where she can be near her boy friend, (Mickey Rooney), where girlfriend Ann Rutherford is sunning on the lakes, the mother to visit relatives – but the judge smooths the course to Catalina.

There Rooney encounters pash-lipped Eleanor Lynn and almost becomes a man. Parker vacation romances with Ted Pearson, a life guard, who has a wife already, and the judge has a patience-disturbing time wih the fish toying but not grabbing on.

Mickey Rooney will be chalked up by most seers for the film’s honor-theft, although edging but slightly over Stone and Parker.

You're Only Young Once


M-G-M. Director George B. Seitz; Screenplay Kay Van Riper; Camera Lester White; Editor Adrienne Fazan; Music David Snell


(B&W) Extract of a review from 1938. Running time: 77 MIN.


Lewis Stone Cecilia Parker Mickey Rooney Fay Holden Frank Craven Ann Rutherford

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