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Just saw the film again today, and--although the plot has some silly twists like Ray Collins mysteriously and instantly straightening out Shirley Temple's crush on Cary Grant at the end of the film (why didn't he do this an hour earlier? I suppose there would have been no movie if he had!), the cast really makes this film shine. Grant gave his usual smooth and effortless performance with the great flair for comedy which he has, Myrna Loy was terrific and a now teenage Shirley Temple was impressive, proving that she could stand toe-to-toe with Grant and Loy. Shirley tells a story in her autobiography of imitating Grant on the set of this film one day, and all the crew laughing then suddenly becoming silent. Grant had caught her in the act from the shadows, was not amused and complained to David O. Selznick who asked her to apologize to Grant in his dressing room. Shirley went in and apologized, which Grant accepted. As she was leaving, Grant said "Oh, by the way, that was a pretty good imitation".
- Cassie Wright
Cary Grant is so subtly hilarious in this movie that it never fails to lift the spirits! Many comment on the nightclub scene. Yet, Cary's quiet moments can be the funniest. He exudes charm in all his scenes, beginning with his initial courtroom appearance before Judge Margaret Turner (Myrna Loy), but his mock humor during his first meeting w/ Susan Turner (Shirley Temple) bubbles with dry wit: "Mr. Nugent, my name is Susan Turner. I'm a student here." Grant answering, "No! Really?" or "Mr. Nugent, you don't understand, I'm Editor-In-Chief of the school newspaper. I have to interview you....Have you ever been in love?" Cary asking, "Say! What kind of a newspaper do you run at this school?" "Oh ALL the kid's read it!" "I'll BET they do!" Dry humor crackles as Susan interviews, imploring him to speak of his struggles to become an artist. Grant goes for broke "Well, in that case, I'll tell you...when I was ten my mother & father had a suicide pact. They made it I was sent to an orphanage. Some nights they didn't beat me", as Susan hangs on his every word. Cary wresting himself of the interview, "Good Bye Miss Kilgallen" as Susan poses asking if he thought she'd be a good model, Cary, in mock horror, "Oh you're NOT thinking of leaving the newspaper game are you?" Witty, funny, charming. Grant going through all the emotions of bewilderment, frustration, anger, then compliance to be, at judges request, "Susan's beau." In the basketball scene Grant gets the idea to play matchmaker for Susan and her "former boyfriend" Jerry to be free of her. His ulterior motives are a subtle riot, even though he fails.The picnic scene is fun, yet the fun really starts when Cary, reluctantly shows up for the picnic in his new car, parking behind dejected Jerry sitting out front in his old car. Cary's new plot to switch cars, act immature, give the whole Turner family a joy ride in Jerry's old car is too fun. Far superior to the irritating story of Mr. Blandings...
Luv, Luv, Luv
This is such a fun film and the dialogue is great... All three main characters are hilarious - "mellow greetings - yuky duky"!!
Who Do You Love? Who?
- Raymond Banacki
Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Shirely Temple and Johnny Sands have a terrific time in Sidney Sheldon's very amusing comedy, "The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer". Sometimes, a guy is in way over his head and can do nothing but try to swim.
- kevin sellers
Eminently mediocre. If you disagree, try comparing it to a good Loy/Grant comedy that came out around the same time, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House. The writing for that film is as sharp as Sidney Sheldon's screenplay for this one is flaccid. Scene after scene that should have built to hilarity, like the rivalry between Grant and Rudy Vallee at the picnic, simply fizzles out. Of course, Sheldon won the Oscar! Anyway, aside from Grant and Loy there aint much worth seeing. Rudy Vallee has a couple moments as a WASP schlemiel, a character he invented and perfected, and I liked Dan Tobin as Grant's slick lawyer, but that's about it. Shirley Temple's terminal cuteness is particularly hard to take, especially as she cruises into early adulthood. She does have a nice body, though. (I think the novelist Graham Greene got in trouble for writing that.) In short, the veritable definition of a C movie
The Bachelor and the Bobby-soxer
Grant, Loy and Temple are the three corners of a romantic triangle. Judge Loy orders Grant to date younger, impressionable sister Temple. Won an Oscar for it's writing, but by today's standards, some scenes with Grant and Temple may put off people. Entertaining and a fun way to fill in an afternoon. I give it a 3.5/5.
I just love how Cary Grant and Myrna Loy interact with each other. The scene where they meet for dinner is so sweet and sexy I just love watching it. From the moment Myrna walks into the restaurant and Cary's face lights up to them dancing is just good old fashioned sexy. The entire group at the table is funny and fast moving.
A Fun Film From Start to Finish
What a fun film, and what a great ensemble!!! - Grant, Loy, Temple, Vallee, Davenport, and Collins - always enjoy watching no matter how many times it's shown on TCM. There are too many favorite scenes!!! It's a pure delight!!!
I Really Enjoy This Movie
This is kind of a silly movie, but for some reason (Cary Grant) I really like it. I saw the interview on TCM with Mr. Sidney Sheldon and he said he originally had this filmed named something else. (I can't remember what he said it was, but it seemed fine to me.) I guess one of the head guys (I can't remember who he said exactly) didn't like the name and changed it to "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer". Well, Mr. Sheldon didn't like this name and thought it sounded stupid and nobody would go see the movie. But then after it was a big success he said well he guessed he was wrong ("what did he know") and that the title was great. Mr. Sheldon you were right! This is one of the dumbest titles I have ever heard of! And I don't believe people went to see it because of the title, but because they wanted to see Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Rudy Vallee, and probably Shirley Temple (I'm not sure of her popularity then). I know if I had been alive then I would have gone to see this movie because I wanted to see Cary Grant and Myrna Loy. Not because of that dumb title!!
A harmless little comedy
- Mr. Blandings
This film has a few amusing moments but nothing in the laugh-out-loud category. Grant plays his usual role as the slightly embarassed object of every women's desires, and Loy plays her usual role as the spiteful, snotty woman who Grant seems to be attracted to ... so no challenging performances here. It is interesting to see a teenaged Shirley Temple, though she retains her trademark pouty voice. Rudy Vallee's comedic talents, so hilarious in Palm Beach Story, is all but wasted in this so-so movie.
Art imitates life imitating art
- Tom Hartley
I have always loved the movie but wondered why no one ever mentions the irony inherent in the story. The real life teenage Myrna Loy was the model who posed for the scantily clad statute that was in front of Venice High School for years. So Shirley Temple was actually playing Myrna Loy.
Love Cary Grant
This is a cute movie. Cary Grant was a classic good guy (most of the time). I enjoy watching a movie that you do not have to send the kids out of the room to enjoy.
Top Class Flick!
Though she was no longer the big child star, Miss Temple was excellent. The veteran actors, Grant and Loy, made this quick-witted film a joy to watch again.
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
- Ray Marlitz
Playboy Artist does time
The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer
- D. Lawson
This movie is, by far, one of Hollywood's best and so much fun. The Cary Grant-Myrna Loy team is an example of perfect chemistry, but the entire cast makes a great ensemble. RKO couldn't go wrong here. My two favorite scenes are the relay games at the picnic, and the nightclub. Absolutely hilarious! Hopefully, this one will be available on DVD soon. I can't wait!
What A Pair
- Cris Haynie
I can not tell you how much I love this movie. To be a romantic comady, and yet have Mr Grant Be so Suave, To have a movie with my two most fav actores ( Cary Grant and Shirley Temple) ever in one move great movie. And could blame miss Shirley Temple , Mr Grant is wonderfully handsome. I love this movie.!
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
- Jay Higgins
Delightful romantic comedy, with yet another outstanding Cary Grant performance. The pairing of Myrna Loy and Grant is terrific. Everyone in the cast is wonderful. Thoroughly enjoyable, fantastic screenplay, fine direction and a great pace. A highly entertaining classic.
One of a Kind
- bob Hendrick
Has there ever been anyone like Cary Grant? Will there ever be another? I think not. The mold was broken. This film, along with "Mr. Blandings Builds his Dreamhouse", are two of the best comdedies ever made. A funny intelligent screenplay by a young Sidney Sheldon; classic actors like Myrna Loy, Ray Collins, Shirley Temple; and Rudy Vallee (of all people) giving a great performance as a stuffy, self-important, funny by accident DA. This movie is a killer.
love this movie. Cary Grant superb, Myrna Loy fantastic, Shirley Temple a treasure, and that's just those three. Everyone in this movie is great. Every scene plays well. This is truly a wondrous screw-ball comedy. One of the greats.
An under-appreciated classic
A classic. Top notch acting and writing. The scene in the restaurant/night club is hilarious. Can be watched over and over again.
The Power of HooDoo
- Ann Brown
Don't miss Cary Grant being suave and ridiculously funny at the same time. The plot is irrelevant to the hilarity which ensues whan Grant, Myrna Loy, and Shirley Temple form an implausible and charming love triangle. Supported by a wonderful cast who all utter snappy dialogue including the "You remind me of a man..." bit. After you watch this you'll wonder why film studios today can't make comedies like this one.
Beverly Hills High School was used for location shooting according to the IMDb website.
The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer
Does anyone know what High School was in the Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer?