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In MGM's delightful comedy Young Ideas (1943), Mary Astor stars as widow Josephine Evans, a successful author who marries a stuffy college chemistry professor (Herbert Marshall) following a whirlwind romance. When her two adult children (Susan Peters and Elliott Reid) find out, they hatch a plot to break up the marriage as quickly as possible. After a series of comic complications, the two learn a lesson about meddling in other people's love lives.
Young Ideas was an early, light-hearted effort from up-and-coming MGM director Jules Dassin. He went on to direct a number of distinguished and decidedly darker films for other studios including The Naked City (1948), Night and the City (1950), and Rififi (1955).
In addition to utilizing the veteran talents of Academy Award®-winning actress Mary Astor (The Maltese Falcon , The Great Lie ) and Herbert Marshall (The Little Foxes ), Young Ideas also gave MGM a chance to showcase some of their newer up-and -coming actors including Susan Peters and Elliott Reid who play Astor's meddling children. A very young Ava Gardner has a brief uncredited role as one of the college co-eds.
Producer: Robert Sisk
Director: Jules Dassin
Screenplay: Ian McLellan Hunter, Bill Noble (writers)
Cinematography: Charles Lawton
Art Direction: Cedric Gibbons, Leonid Vassian
Music: George Bassman
Film Editing: Ralph E. Winters
Cast: Susan Peters (Susan Evans), Herbert Marshall (Prof. Michael Kingsley), Mary Astor (Josephine 'Jo' Evans), Elliott Reid (Jeff Evans), Richard Carlson (Tom Farrell), Allyn Joslyn (Adam Trent), Dorothy Morris (Co-ed), Frances Rafferty (Co-ed), George Dolenz (Pepe), Emory Parnell (Judge Canute J. Kelly).
by Andrea Passafiume