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The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)


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Judge Myrna Loy decides that the best way to curb the excesses of playboyish art teacher Cary Grant is to force him to do what he does best--romance a willing young lady. In this instance, the girl is Loy's own sister, played by a blossoming Shirley Temple. Aware that Temple has a serious crush on Grant, Loy orders him to date the teen-aged Temple until the girl gets him out of her system; he is also ordered to keep his hands to himself lest he wind up in the pokey. Grant finds the irrepressible


Romance, Classics, Comedy

Sydney Sheldon, Sidney Sheldon

Jun 1, 2004

Turner Home Entertainment

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Cary Grant seems stymied in this claustrophobic, essentially misogynistic material, and director Irving Reis isn't the man to pull him out.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Surprisingly, this Cary Grant-Shirley Temple farce won the original screenplay Oscar in a year in which the other nominees included Body and Soul, A Double Life, Monsieur Verdoux and Shoeshine.

July 15, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

It's a film that only could have been made in a more innocent time.

February 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Anachronstic -- if sexist -- fun.

November 23, 2003
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Terrific star comedy.

August 13, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Sparkling romantic comedy.

July 20, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Audience Reviews for The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

As situation comedies go this story feels uncomfortably unfortunate in this day and age but then it just highlights the beauty of innocence of a bygone era. I love the subtle special effects of Cary Grant turning into a sparkling Knight whenever we saw him through Shirley Temple's eyes, modern film makers should take note of these subtleties. The relationships never really convincing but the performances are, Temple and Grant play off each other brilliantly and I particularly enjoyed Rudy Vallee's (Lord Marmaduke Ffogg Batfans) part of Tommy, a fellow student who tries to compete for Temples affection. I have to confess I had to look up the work Bobby-Soxer on the internet. It's a little misleading but a great film deserves a catchy name I guess!
March 11, 2014

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A wonderful cast and a brilliant story. This movie is hilarious and fun. I loved it, and I highly recommend it.
October 24, 2010

Super Reviewer

fluffy, enjoyable. perfect for a lazy afternoon.
January 31, 2010
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

it was just okay
December 14, 2009

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    1. Richard (Dick) Nugent: How'd you get in here?
    2. Matt Beemish: Well, the door was closed, so I opened it and came right in.
    – Submitted by Laura L (21 months ago)
    1. Agnes Prescott: [describing Cary Grant's character] Now there's a guy who never goes out of a girl's mind. He just stays there... like a heavy meal.
    2. Melvin: What am I like?
    3. Agnes Prescott: Orange juice.
    – Submitted by Laura L (21 months ago)
    1. Matt Beemish: I'm the court psychiatrist.
    2. Richard (Dick) Nugent: Come back in an hour. I'll be crazy by then.
    – Submitted by Laura L (21 months ago)
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