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The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer (1948)

Cary Grant , Myrna Loy , Irving Reis , Tex Avery  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, Shirley Temple, Rudy Vallee, Ray Collins
  • Directors: Irving Reis, Tex Avery
  • Writers: Sidney Sheldon
  • Producers: Dore Schary, Fred Quimby
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001WTWRY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,057 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer" on IMDb

Special Features

  • All new digital transfer
  • Radio production starring Cary Grant and Shirley Temple
  • Cartoon "Little Tinker"
  • Cary Grant trailer gallery

Editorial Reviews

Through no fault of his own, artist and lady's man Richard Nugent finds a love-besotted teenage girl curled on his sofa. Through no fault of his own, the teen's sister is a judge who "sentences" thunderstruck Richard to date the girl until her schoolgirl crush wanes. Circumstances aren't kind to Richard. But they certainly are hilarious when Cary Grant plays Richard, Myrna Loy is the judge and Shirley Temple is the teen.

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1940's Revealed November 28, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Want some insight into what titillated movie-goers in the post-war 1940's? This 1947 RKO production is a good place to start. There's the marquee value of a seductively handsome Cary Grant coupled with that spunky symbol of all-American innocence Shirley Temple, enough at the time to draw in ticket-buying throngs with its naughty innuendo of daring departure and forbidden pleasure. In fact, the underage subtext lingers beneath much of the movie's plot and humorous settings, but in a totally innocent manner, proving that this is not yet the more permissive 1960's. One slip, however, and this light-hearted souffle could easily have become burnt-toast of the most tasteless variety. Fortunately, there are no slips.
Once the pace picks up, this comedy sparkles as brightly as any other Cary Grant madcap, which is to say, about as good as comedy gets. The night club scene is an absolute triumph of timing, staging, and scripting. The laughs build as the party table becomes more and more chaotic, interrupted by one petty annoyance after another, finally reducing the worldly Grant to speechless exasperation. This is the type of soaring comedic architecture that requires real artistry, but has been sadly replaced in contemporary film by a dumbed- down world of bathroom jokes, insult gags, and other cheap forms of humor that appeal mainly to juveniles. The movie itself, directed by an unheralded Irving Reis, is literally brimful of bounce and charm, leaving no one in doubt that the big war is over and America is ready for the future even if its libido is showing. With: a slyly endearing Ray Collins, a bemusedly prim Myrna Loy, a pompously befuddled Rudy Vallee, and a well-deserved Oscar for writer Sidney Sheldon, along with a final scene that could not be more apt. Despite the shift in public mores, audiences now as then should find this a highly entertaining ninety minutes of expert movie-making.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Format:DVD
Shirley Temple is Susan, the 17-year-old sister of the rather stuffy Judge (Myrna Loy), who develops an infatuation for artist Cary Grant. Grant is "asked" to date Temple until the infatuation wears off; meanwhile, he and Loy fall in love. There are a couple of terrific scenes, like the one in the restaurant where all the characters converge in grand confusion and misunderstanding. There is also a very appealing breeziness in all the proceedings (helped along mostly by Rudy Valee as Loy's longtime beau and Roy Collins as a psychiatrist). Worth a watch.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Power of Whoo-doo!" August 27, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I rented this movie and watched it last night--hadn't seen it in close to thirty years since I was a little girl--and nearly freaked from the deja-vous experience of hearing the "You remind of a man/what man?/the man with the power/what power?/ the power of whoo-doo". And my older sister knowingly said, "Yes, TutorGal, this is where that comes from." I used to chant and chant that as a kid! So much for memory lane; now down to business about "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer." The movie has a bit of a slow start, with pretty static direction, up until the point when high school student Shirley Temple sees ladykiller artist Cary Grant at high school assembly delivering a lecture. Pow! she sees him as a knight in shining armor and is off to corral him. She doesn't know of course that big sis judge Myrna Loy has just had him in her courtroom and has formed a low opinion of his reputed womanizing. Shirley even finds a way to gain access to the unknowing Cary's apartment, where he then unjustly gets slammed with a jailbait charge. Hey, where's this going? Well, Myrna and her assistant DA beau Rudy Vallee decide that the only way for Shirley to get over Cary is for him to date her and probably bore her with his adult ways. And of course, nothing works out like anyone has planned, least of all smug Myrna. As I wrote above, the movie really picks up after about 15-20 minutes and then becomes quite hilarious, with Rudy Vallee particularly good as an eccentric WASP, the sort of thing he does so well . Cary appears to be genuinely enjoying himself, and Shirley has certainly grown to be a real cutie. Myrna's okay, but nothing spectacular this time around. Make a date to watch "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer" and see the whoo-doo first hand!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone's knight in shining armor March 27, 2006
Format:DVD
Target of a school girl's weekly crush and victim of circumstance, Richard Nugent (Cary Grant), is jailed for seducing a minor, Susan (Shirley Temple). Though innocence is evident, he has angered the female Judge Margaret Turner (Myrna Loy), who happens to be the minor's sister. In a plea bargain, Grant must "date" Susan until her crush wains. Attempting to wriggle free of his sentence, Grant eschews the mature demeanor that transformed him into the bobby soxer's knight in shining armor. Seeing this other side of Grant draws Loy to judge him worthy of her own affection. Untangling and redirecting emotions results in some hilarious moments.

Movie quote: "Now there's a guy who never goes out of a girl's mind. He just stays there... like a heavy meal."
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I couldn't help overhearing. I had my ear to the door." December 11, 2004
Format:DVD
Far from Grant's worst (THE PRIDE AND THE PASSION) and definitely not his best (THE AWFUL TRUTH) THE BACHELOR & THE BOBBY-SOXER just kinda sits somewhere in the middle, well, maybe just a little higher than the middle. The cast is strong, the script a little forced, but the direction by Irving Reis is flat and uninspired. If Howard Hawks, Preston Sturges or Leo McCarey had directed this same movie it would be a masterpiece.

After a brief encounter, teenager Shirley Temple has fallen deeply in love with the older but dashing Cary Grant. So deep in fact that she sneaks into his apartment while he's gone. Grant returns a few minutes before the law does and next thing you know Grant is ordered by the court to hang out with Temple until she falls out of love with him! See what I mean by the script being forced.

Anyway, that's a long and confusing set-up just to see Grant in a difficult situation, but it's almost worth it cause some really funny stuff happens next. What most people seem to remember is when Grant turns the tables and actually acts like a crazy talking teenager "Hi. Mello greeting, yookie dookie!" But my favorite scene is when Grant takes Judge Myrna Loy to dinner at a fancy club and before long everybody in the cast is sitting at their table arguing. Rudy Vallee even has his chair stolen at one point!

Woman: "Now there's a guy who never goes out of a girl's mind. He just stays there...like a heavy meal."

Man: "Oh yea. Then what am I like?"

Woman: "Orange juice."

THE BACHELOR & THE BOBBY-SOXER is worth watching (a few times) and has some good screwball scenes, but it just never reaches that lunatic pace that made THE MIRACLE OF MORGAN'S CREEK, BRINGING UP BABY and LOVE CRAZY such timeless classics.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Movie of the year
It is a very cute movie, I enjoyed it very much! Cary Grant is very adorable in this movie, and all the characters do a great job on who they play.
Published 2 months ago by Loraine Cope
4.0 out of 5 stars Gary Grant, Myrna Loy, Shirley Temple - what's not to like?!
A fun movie with big stars and some general silliness. Great for a cozy evening at home with the family and some popcorn.
Published 2 months ago by J. E.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Old movies are the best and so dear to my heart and I thank Amazon for having them available and making it so easy to watch them!
Published 2 months ago by margaret
5.0 out of 5 stars Movies Like This Are What Hollywood Was Built On
This is a fun movie to watch with Shirley Temple and Cary Grant. Two of Hollywood's all time Stars. Do yourself a favor and watch this movie at least once a year.
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Published 2 months ago by johnnycee
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this movie...
One of my favorite classics...a teenage Shirley Temple and Cary Grant and Myrna Loy...this is such a good movie...tho you can't ever go wrong with a Cary Grant movie.
Published 3 months ago by Todd C. Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Cary Grant...
Cary Grant, Myrna Loy and Shirley Temple.... how can it get any better?!?! This film is wonderful and hilarious! A great family movie!
Published 4 months ago by D. C. Holbrook
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film
Cary Grant, Shirley Temple and the rest of the cast sparkle in this fun-filled comedy where an teenage Temple is falling in love with Grant. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Stephen E. Lightell
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun
Cary Grant at his zany best. Ridiculous plot, somehow made believable by Grant's performance. If you like screwball comedies this is well worth a watch.
Published 4 months ago by J. Bethell
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies :)
I'm a huge Cary Grant fan. If you're looking for something lighthearted to watch, this is the movie for you.
Published 6 months ago by Diane McKeown
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This is the golden age of Hollywood at its very best. Shirley Temple Black an American icon. This film is pure joy from beginning to end.
Published 7 months ago by Spouse Pearl
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