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 Temple rather wearisome, but he throws himself into his sentence full-force, donning teenaged clothes, speaking in nonsense slang ("Voodoo! Who Do? You Do!" etc.) and participating in the athletic events at a high school picnic. Grant eventually divests himself of Temple by arranging for her to fall for a boy her own age; meanwhile, Loy realizes what we've realized all along--that it is she who is truly smitten by Grant. Adding to the frothy fun of Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer are the supporting performances of Ray Collins as a sagacious psychologist and Rudy Vallee as a stuffy district attorney. The film's screenplay won an Academy Award for Sidney Sheldon, who went on to create I Dream of Jeannie and to matriculate into a best-selling novelist. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Classics , Comedy , Romance
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Cary Grant
as Dick
Myrna Loy
as Margaret
Rudy Vallee
as Tommy
Harry Davenport
as Thaddeus
Ray Collins
as Beemish
Don Beddoe
as Tony
Veda Ann Borg
as Agnes Prescott
Dan Tobin
as Walters
Ransom Sherman
as Judge Treadwell
Irving Bacon
as Melvin
Ian Bernard
as Perry
Carol Hughes
as Florence
William Forrest
as Mr. Baldwin
William Hall
as Anthony Herman
Gregory Gaye
as Maitre d'Hotel
Carolyn Hughes
as Florence
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Critic Reviews for The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

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

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 15, 2009

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

Full Review… | February 16, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Anachronstic -- if sexist -- fun.

November 22, 2003
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

Terrific star comedy.

August 12, 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

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

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


fluffy, enjoyable. perfect for a lazy afternoon.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

it was just okay

Marion Ravenwood
Marion Ravenwood

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