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Ready & Willing to purchase this in DVD!!
- Linda Kelso
Another review by two sisters (now in our 70s) who remember Young and Willing as if it were yesterday: Eddie Bracken "ripening" and falling off the mantelpiece, a dopey baby-talking friend who pays a visit and creates mayhem, young lovers starcrossed by pregnancy and war, scatterbrained landlady, etc. What fun! And a bit naughty for the 1940s. There's a whole new young(er) and willing audience out there that needs to see it along with us oldsters who still reminisce over its zany charm!
Hard to Watch
As enjoyable as it was to see Susan Hayward, Eddie Bracken, and William Holden in their youth, I found it very difficult to watch Florence MacMichael, which of course creates a large problem for the film overall. Was that her actual voice or was she doing something intentionally? In either case, I was very tempted to turn it off before the end. I will have to look out for her in other roles to see what she was like later.
Can't wait to see it again, 57 years later.
It was 1952-3, when I saw this on "Night Owl Theater", on TV, in the Boston area.It was a real eye opener. I had thought you went from childhood to boring adulthood in one fell swoop.Non delinquent teen-agers weren't invented until 1954 and didn't catch on right away.I had never heard of "young adult" or "zany". This movie opened my mind to a whole new world.If the Hays Commission had known how I was going to react, they would have banned it.I can't wait to see it again, 57 years later.
A real treasure
My sister and I remember this film from the '50's we have searched without success to find this on video or DVD. We would both buy this film if we could find it. It is full of excellent performances and memorable scenes. I truly hope it can be released again.
An Undiscovered Gem
What an amazing cast - incredibly young and willing -- William Holden (23), Susan Hayward (24), Eddie Bracken (26), Barbara Britton (22), Martha O'Driscoll (19), James Brown (21), Robert Benchley, Mabel Page and the unforgettable (once you've seen her you'll never forget her) Florence MacMichael as Muriel Foster! From Francis Swann's Broadway play, "Out of the Frying Pan." One of the more delightful movie comedies of the era, ranking up there with "Junior Miss," "George Washington Slept Here" and "I Married A Witch." Bracken, as a student of Stanislavski, playing the part of an apple, is a joy to watch as he ripens on his 'bough' and the play-within-a-play is sheer lunacy. Racy in its time, with young men and women living together, and the hint of unwed motherhood, it plays today as a zany period piece. Overlooked and waiting to be rediscovered this film deserves 'cult classic' status and, at the very least, a TCM screening. Note: Actors ages reflect how old they were in 1941 when the picture was filmed not 1943 when it was released.
My sister and I watched this together when we were probably 10 or so (some 40 years ago...) it is so much fun..we still ask each other...is she wax or is she real ????? (Storefront scene) Its a great move - I actually had to search it out and purchase it on DVD..Love it!
Young and Willing
- shelley Lopiccolo
I still have a picture in my mind of Eddie Bracken falling out of a bookcase pretending he was an ripe apple! As a child I thought this hysterical! Catherine, maybe we will be lucky with TCM
Young and Willing
- Catherine Volpe
I have not seen this movie since the mid 50's. I loved it and always wanted to see it again. Please please run this on TCM - email me if you do. Thank you.