That Certain Age is brimful of substantial entertainment, carrying all of the charm and wholesomeness which characterizes Deanna Durbin’s previous pictures. Universal brilliantly bridges the adolescent period at one crack, and launches her into the broader fields of youthful romance and adventure.
Original story by F. Hugh Herbert provides sufficient foundation for a sparkling script.
Durbin develops a romantic crush for Melvyn Douglas’ globetrotting reporter, when her father, John Halliday’s newspaper publisher, brings him to the country estate to prepare a series of articles. Girl tosses aside Jackie Cooper, her loyal puppy-love admirer, and by her attentions keeps Douglas amused and away from social affairs, for which he is grateful.
Douglas turns in a sterling performance. Cooper clicks resoundingly. Particularly effective is his scene with Douglas when the youngster congratulates the latter for his conquest of the girl – and talking ‘man-to-man’. It’s a standout.