It's Great to Be Young
Cast & Crew
As their ship sails into New York Harbor, returning servicemen "Ivory" Timothy, Ricky Malone, and "Spud" Winters talk about their future plans in show business. In time, however, Ricky and his talented pals settle into a drab life outside show business and abandon their dreams. When Ricky's pals find him working as a janitor in a theater, he resolves to reverse everyone's misfortunes by booking them at the Oak Lodge, a summer resort that has just hired him. Although the owners of Oak Lodge, Mrs. Johnson and her henpecked husband Franklin, have hired Ricky as a general laboror, Ricky tells his friends that he has been named social director of the resort. En route to the lodge, at a roadside diner, Ricky, Spud and Ivory meet Terry, a singer and fugitive who joins Ricky and his pals for the trip to Oak Lodge. When the four arrive at the resort, Franklin cannot bring himself to tell his wife about Ricky's grand plans to put on a show and allows them to go ahead with their rehearsal in secret. As Franklin tries to keep his wife ignorant of the troupe's plans, a love affair between Ricky and Terry blossoms. Mrs. Johnson eventually finds out that the new arrivals are entertainers and not hired help when her daughter Georgia tells her about Franklin's attempt to keep her away by loosening the valves on her car tires just before she left for an outing. Mrs. Johnson becomes furious and immediately orders Ricky and his gang to report for kitchen duty. Meanwhile, Ricky's musician pals, Milton DeLugg and His Swing Wing, arrive at the resort expecting to perform in the show. Despite Ricky's success in getting rid of the inquisitive Detective Burkett, who is looking for Terry, Terry remains elusive about her past and refuses to tell Ricky why she is on the run. Believing that they can help Terry, Ricky and his pals investigate her past on their own. Later, Mrs. Johnson tries to please her cunning playboy cousin, Ambrose Kenton, by setting him up with Terry. As Ambrose is the only person who is able to influence Mrs. Johnson, Terry persuades him to talk her into letting DeLugg and his band stay. Terry is nearly found by Burkett when he returns to the resort, but she manages to elude him. While Terry is out on a date with Ambrose, Ricky and the others get Burkett drunk and learn that he was hired by Terry's father to follow her. Terry's father disapproves of her affection for show business, but when the show proves to a huge success, he changes his mind and gives his daughter his blessing to continue. The show becomes such a hit that it eventually makes it to Broadway.
Irving M. Klein
This film marked the screen reunion of the vaudeville team of Frank Orth and Ann Codee.