Double Date


59m 1941

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 14, 1941
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Film Length
5,412ft

Synopsis

At Miss Frank's School for Young Ladies, seventeen-year-old Penelope "Penny" Kirkland rushes home to her maiden Aunt Elsie, who she fears has fallen in love with her new next-door neighbor. Similarly, at the Lawton Preparatory School for Boys, eighteen-year-old Jerry Baldwin is worried about his widowed father Roger, who is attracted to his new neighbor. The two teenagers literally run into each other as they race their respective cars home to the small New England town of Fairview, and crash into a chicken truck driven by a deputy sheriff. That night, the Baldwins and the Kirklands have dinner together, where Penny and Jerry's dislike for each other quickly turns to hate. With the youngsters' help, the dinner is a complete fiasco. Penny and Jerry work continually on their respective elders in an attempt to break up the prospective union. Penny begins to make eyes at Roger, trying to prove that the elder Baldwin is nothing but a "wolf." Realizing what she is doing, Jerry begins to "court" Elsie. Despite their charges' best efforts, Roger and Elsie are still smitten with each other, and request that the two youngsters "double date" with them at a dance at the Brookside Country Club. During the dance, the two youngsters finally agree to work together to break up Roger and Elsie, but begin fighting once again when Jerry accidentally breaks Penny's heel during the "Cinderella" dance. Penny leaves in a huff, and unwittingly agrees to give a ride to a safecracker who has just robbed the country club. Meanwhile, Roger proposes that he and Elsie elope to Woodsville the next day, and, despite the efforts of an uncooperative dog, the two manage to sneak off undetected in Jerry's car. Penny and Jerry then hear the radio report of the country club robbery, which includes a detailed description of Penny's "getaway car." Lilac, Elsie's maid, compounds matters when she informs the teenagers of the elopement, and Jerry, before they give chase, calls the police to report the "theft" of his car. After being stopped briefly by a policeman, Penny's car is identified as the bandit car. The two stop at a gas station, where Penny reports their own elopement, hoping its broadcast will force Roger and Elsie to return home. As hoped, the elders turn back and begin to argue along the way. Roger and Elsie are then arrested at a police blockade for stealing Jerry's car. Soon after, Jerry and Penny are arrested as well. All four are brought before Judge Perkins, who straightens everything out and marries Roger and Elsie. The two youngsters make up, and they all leave the police station after Penny successfully identifies the safecracker. Meanwhile, just when Roger and Elsie are sure all their troubles are behind them, two motorcycle cops, still thinking Jerry's car is stolen, chase after them.

Film Details

Release Date
Mar 14, 1941
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
59m
Film Length
5,412ft

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Trivia

Notes

According to Universal press materials, this was Glenn Tryon's first directorial effort for Universal; he had previously worked at the studio as a dialogue director. Press materials also state that this was the first "straight comedy" produced by Joseph G. Sanford, who had previously specialized in musicals. Hollywood Reporter reported that actress Dorothy Darrell had been cast in the picture, but her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed.