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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 (109 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 (109 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001WTWRY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,311 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer" on IMDb

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  • 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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Bomojaz
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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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "The Power of Whoo-doo!" August 27, 2001
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone's knight in shining armor March 27, 2006
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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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing... July 19, 2002
By ehakus
Format:VHS Tape
Although this movie is not one of Cary Grant's best comedies, it is pretty harmless and quite amusing. By the time The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer was made, screwball comedy was winding down. Since screwball comedies were Grant's main area of expertise, he then had difficulty finding good scripts to do and was often forced to settle with somewhat inferior romantic comedies like this one (he still did make some other excellent films afterwards).
But, as I said earlier, although this lacks the originality and sparkle of some of his earlier films, it is not bad. By today's standards it is excellent - and as an added bonus it contains no obscene language or inappropriate scenes. Like all Grant's films it is tasteful, innocent and good entertainment for the whole family.
Essentially, this movie is a lighthearted romantic comedy that describes what happens when a debonair artist (Cary Grant) is stuck with a teenage girl chasing him (Shirley Temple). As an added bonus, the teenage girl's older sister (Myrna Loy) is also around. This movie has many funny situations, especially one where Grant is forced to participate in a childish series of races at a local fair.
The acting is quite good, and, all in all, this is an amusing, cute movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How can you not like Cary Grant
How can you not like Cary Grant? He's great in everything he did, even if the movie plot isn't that hot. This one is super! Read more
Published 11 days ago by Granny B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! Especially the bit about "You remind me ...
Loved it! Especially the bit about "You remind me of a man... who do? You do"!
Published 24 days ago by Dixie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun movie!!
Any thing Cary Grant or Myrna Loy is in is worth your time!!
Published 29 days ago by Joan
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!
I am a big fan of Shirley Temple and was so excited to add this to my collection of her movies
Published 1 month ago by SHARON CLEVENGER
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Fun, Fun
I love Cary Grant anyway, who doesn't. Then put in Shirley Temple and you've clearly got an entertaining movie for all ages. He is not looking for a date. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Donna
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 5 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 5 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 5 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 5 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 6 months ago by Todd C. Young
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