The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

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The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Irving Reis
Produced by Dore Schary
Screenplay by Sidney Sheldon
Starring Cary Grant
Myrna Loy
Shirley Temple
Music by Leigh Harline
Cinematography Nicholas Musuraca
Robert De Grasse
Editing by Frederic Knudtson
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
  • September 1, 1947 (1947-09-01)
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $5,550,000[1]

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (released as Bachelor Knight in the United Kingdom[2]) is a 1947 American comedy, directed by Irving Reis and written by Sidney Sheldon. The film stars Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, and Shirley Temple in a story about a teenager's crush on an older man. The film was a critical success. Sheldon won an Academy Award for the clever screenplay.


Seventeen-year-old Susan Turner (Shirley Temple) develops a crush on Richard Nugent (Cary Grant), a sophisticated bachelor who gives a lecture on art at her high school. Susan's uncle, a psychiatrist, believes Richard is an innocent bystander, but manages to persuade him to play along with Susan until the infatuation ends. He reluctantly agrees. When his efforts to shake her off fail, he throws himself into the charade, hoping Susan's older sister Margaret (Myrna Loy) will put an end to the affair. The film ends with Nugent and Margaret falling in love and Susan returning happily to her high school sweetheart, Jerry (Johnny Sands).



Critical reception[edit]

The New York Times thought the film "most agreeable" with high praise for the four principal performers, the direction and screenplay.[3]

The film's screenplay (Best Original Screenplay) won an Academy Award for Sidney Sheldon, who went on to create I Dream of Jeannie, Hart to Hart and, as a novelist, Master of the Game (1982), The Other Side of Midnight (1973) and Rage of Angels (1980).

Home media[edit]

In 2009, the film was available on videocassette and DVD.

Radio adaptation[edit]

A Lux Radio Theater adaptation starring Cary Grant and Shirley Temple aired on June 13, 1949. It was also dramatized as a half-hour radio play on the May 10, 1948 broadcast of The Screen Guild Theater with Cary Grant, Myrna Loy and Shirley Temple.


Some of the patter from the film ("You remind me of the man." "What man?" "The man with the power." "What power?" "The power of hoodoo." "Who-do?" "You do." "Do what?" "Remind me of the man." "What man?" and so forth) was slightly modified ("The Man" was replaced with "The Babe") and used by David Bowie in the song "Magic Dance" from "Labyrinth". It was also used by the Atomic Fireballs in their biggest hit "Man With the Hex".

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p221
  2. ^ IMDb: The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer - Also Known As Linked 2014-02-23
  3. ^ Crowther, Bosley (July 25, 1947), 'The Bachelor and Bobby-Soxer' at the Music Hall, The New York Times, retrieved 2009-10-15 [dead link]

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