Review: ‘The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer’

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer poses a plot easily adapted to fluffy situations. Tossed together are a lady judge, a playboy artist and an impressionable teenager. Grant, the artist, has already had a brush with the judge, Myrna Loy, so when the judge's kid sister, Shirley Temple, is found in the artist's apartment late at night, he's in plenty of trouble. Court psychiatrist proposes that, rather than make Grant a martyr in Temple's eyes, he be assigned to escort her around until she gets over her crush.

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer poses a plot easily adapted to fluffy situations. Tossed together are a lady judge, a playboy artist and an impressionable teenager. Grant, the artist, has already had a brush with the judge, Myrna Loy, so when the judge’s kid sister, Shirley Temple, is found in the artist’s apartment late at night, he’s in plenty of trouble. Court psychiatrist proposes that, rather than make Grant a martyr in Temple’s eyes, he be assigned to escort her around until she gets over her crush.

Chuckles get heartier and heartier as adult Grant plays at being a juvenile at basketball games, school picnics, etc. It’s done with slapstick touch that pays off. Romance switch with Loy going for Grant is an obvious development but well done.

1947: Best Original Screenplay

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

Production

RKO. Director Irving Reis; Producer Dore Schary; Screenplay Sidney Sheldon; Camera Robert de Grasse, Nicholas Musuraca; Editor Frederick Knudtson; Music Leigh Harline; Art Director Albert S. D'Agostino, Carroll Clark

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1947. Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Cary Grant Myrna Loy Shirley Temple Rudy Vallee Ray Collins Harry Davenport
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