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Never Marry the Mean Guy
Sunshine-y Doris Day is from a close knit, well-adjusted family that sings together. You know. Piano playing fills the house. Cookies and coffee and hugs. That sort of thing. She has a wonderful suitor in Gig Young, but falls for grumpy piano-player Frank Sinatra. He turns out to be just as dark, brooding, self-centered, egotistical, and mean as he seems. She walks a tightrope with this would-be musician who clearly should be on medication and in talk therapy. A portrait of how women marry men whom they think they can change, only to be changed by the unhappiness of their marriage. It's not as in-your-face as all that, but it's a real warning to women. Marry someone who has enough self-respect and self-esteem to be good to you. You don't have to be dragged through the mud to support anyone's pipe-dream.
Young at Heart is Awful from the Start
Listen, I love Doris Day, but this melodrama movie is just awful. Doris's character "Laurie" and Frank Sinatra's character "Barney" were a terrible match from the start. He's a disgusting drunk musician and she simply pities him. It makes for a lousy romance. Doris's character "Laurie" is actually in love with another man "Alex", who is fun, engaging, and cheerful, but Laurie thinks her sister loves him, so basically she leaves him alone. Alex, unlike Barney, loves their family and is so sweet. In the end, none of the sisters marry Alex and he ends up alone. Maybe Doris's character "Laurie" should've pitied him, instead.
Young At Heart
- Stephen Lochmueller
Have enjoyed this movie many times over the years. Doris Day, Frank Sinatra were great together in this movie.Supporting cast did a wonderful job as well.
Young at Heart
I decided to buy this when I saw the clip where Frank Sinatra's character Barney Sloan is first introduced. When Gig Young opens the door, Frank's back is to the camera, and then he turns around and gives this certain look that when I first saw it, seared itself right into. A chill went up and down my spine. I'm not lying, either. That's how powerful Frank Sinatra's portrayal as Barney Sloan. And unlike some, I believe that his chemistry with Doris Day is wonderful. And considering all his films that he did, I would have to say that this is my favorite Frank Sinatra film that he did all on his own. No Dean, no Gene, or anyone else. It's solely Frank. And as much as I love Doris Day, I think Frank made this film all his own.
- el debbo
Tacky sets, trite Ethel Barrymore huffing
One of My Favorite Sinatra Films
- Courtney Pedersen
I must admit that when I first saw this movie I was expecting it to be something like the movies Doris Day did with Rock Hudson. So the first time I saw it, I wasn't that impressed. But I gave it another chance and it quickly became one of my favorite Sinatra movies. Now, I have a lot of Frank Sinatra's films: Guys
Young At Heart Character Study
This film deserves multiple viewings to appreciate the many layers of each character. Doris' character "Laurie" is attracted to the successful and engaging "Alex burke" and they make a wonderful couple. At the begining of the film Laurie hopes that one of the neighbor's newly birthed litter of puppies will be hers, the biggest and the strongest pup. But after seeing the runt of the litter, she chooses it, calling it number 9. Her nurturing spirit is established in this scene, for later in the film, she chooses Barney Sloan over Alex, in the same way she chose Number 9. Barney needs love, stability, and hope to find the man hidden inside himself. Laurie gives him all of this through her love for him. A similar theme plays through with the other two sisters, all acting on thier ideal impulse of a perfect mate. They come to realize that exploring and accepting all of the qualities in someone is the adventure of lasting love. That's my take on this wonderful film.
To be honest, I didn't see the chemistry between Doris and Frank. I love Doris Day, I think she is fantastic, but in this film, I feel that the wrong guy gets her. Laurie and Alex had much greater chemistry than Laurie and Barney. It was mildly depressing, to be honest, with the car accident and all. But, while it was not my favorite Doris Day film, it did have some good moments. Overall, it'd give it a 7.
It's Frank's Film!
- Joe Amodei
Garfield became a star in the original and her deserved the accolades he enjoyed. But Sinatra's take on Barney Sloan gets more into your gut. This is a case of where the singer uses his ballads to help get across his characters feeling of helplesness and loneliness. It's a tough performance. One of the singer's best!
comparsion of young at heart and four daughters
- barbara harper
When I saw Young At Heart, I noticed some of the dialouge was taken from the earlier movie and the outside of the house was the same. I also heard that Frank Sinatra refused to die like John Garfield did which I thought was good. I really liked both movies
Wrong Guy Gets the Girl!
- Ann Brown
This film is an inferior remake of the classic melodrama "Four Daughters." Sinatra has the John Garfield part in which the character is a permanent outsider and kills himself upon realizing that fact. His death makes the character complex and fulfilling of his obvious destiny. The role made Garfield a star, but Sinatra's performance here is ridiculous, especially when most of the script is verbatim from the original film. After all girls, would you rather end up with Sinatra or yummy Gig Young? Skip this and watch the original.
One Of Sinatra's Best
- Bruce Reber
This is a musical remake of "Four Daughters" and it is a very good film.Frank Sinatra and Doris Day are great in their scenes together both singing and acting. I think that Sinatra deserved an Oscar nomination for his performance. It's too bad they couldn't have made more movies together. Besides the great music there is also a message - that you shouldn't let bad luck or other obstacles keep you from accomplishing what you want to do in life. I would rate this as one of Sinatra's top five films.
Self Sympathy - Self destructive!
- Jack Phillippe
This film has a message and that is, that self-sympathy is self destructive because self-sympathy must be taught and in turn destroys virtue. I found this film to be extremely depressing.
Classic Black & White
This would be a great movie to show when you air the star of the month or for birthday. You have two all time greats. Frank and Doris. So please, please plan on showing this soon.
PLEASE!!Show "Young at Heart"
I Would love to see "Young at Heart" on Turner Classic Movies I love the music and plot of this movie. It stars two of the Greatest Singers of this era .
Show Young at Heart!!
Young at Heart starring Frank Sinatra and Doris Day should be shown on Turner classic movies! Its music including hits of Cole Porter and George and Ira Gershwin complement Sinatra's and Day's voices well, its plot and the chemistry between all actors is excellent. A well made film.