Over 21

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Based on a play by Ruth Gordon, Over 21 represents the felicitous teaming of two middle-aged but attractive film favorites. Alexander Knox plays newspaper editor Max Wharton, who despite his age, patriotically signs up for Officer Candidate School. The humor arises from the fact that Wharton has trouble adjusting to the rigors of Army life, not to mention the good-natured competition of much-younger OCS aspirants. Meanwhile, Wharton's wife Paula (Irene Dunne) does her best to accommodate her husband's peripatetic military existence, and to ward off Wharton's boss Robert Gow (Charles Coburn), who insists that Max give up this "nonsense" and return to civilian life. Sharply directed and cleverly cast, Over 21 still delivers a full quota of laughs despite the dated quality of the storyline. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Irene Dunne
as Paula 'Polly' Wharton
Alexander Knox
as Max W. Wharton
Charles Coburn
as Robert Drexel Gow
Jeff Donnell
as Jan Lupton
Loren Tindall
as Roy Lupton
Lee Patrick
as Mrs. Foley
Phil Brown
as Frank MacDougal
Cora Witherspoon
as Mrs. Gates
Charles Evans
as Col. Foley
Pierre Watkin
as Joel I. Nixon
Anne Loos
as Mrs. Dumbrowski
Nanette Parks
as Mrs. Clark
Adelle Roberts
as Mrs. Collins
Jean Stevens
as Mrs. Greenberg
Billy Lechner
as Little Boy
Robert B. Williams
as Taxi Driver
Abigail Adams
as Officer Candidate's Wife
Francine Ames
as Officer Candidate's Wife
Patricia Jackson
as Officer Candidate's Wife
Marilyn Johnson
as Officer Candidate's Wife
Carole Mathews
as Officer Candidate's Wife
Jo Gilbert
as Officer Candidate's Wife
Dan Stowell
as Male Secretary
Forbes Murray
as Meredity
Alfred Allegro
as Secretary
Lillian Bronson
as Secretary
Douglas Henderson
as Officer Candidate
Michael Owen
as Officer Candidate
George Peters
as Officer Candidate
John James
as Officer Candidate
Bob Meredith
as Officer Candidate
William Hudson
as Officer Candidate
James Flavin
as Captain
Rube Schaefer
as Athletic Instructor
George Bruggeman
as Lieutenant
Chuck Hamilton
as Lieutenant
Leroy C. Taylor
as Lieutenant
Wallace Pindell
as Publicity Man
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