The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer
|The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Irving Reis|
|Produced by||Dore Schary|
|Screenplay by||Sidney Sheldon|
|Music by||Leigh Harline|
Robert De Grasse
|Editing by||Frederic Knudtson|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
|Running time||95 minutes|
The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (released as Bachelor Knight in the United Kingdom) 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).
- Cary Grant as Richard Nugent, a sophisticated bachelor
- Myrna Loy as Margaret Turner, a judge
- Shirley Temple as Susan Turner, her teenage sister
- Rudy Vallee as Tommy Chamberlain, an assistant district attorney
- Ray Collins as Dr. Matt Beemish, a psychiatrist and Margaret and Susan's uncle
- Harry Davenport as Judge Thaddeus Turner, Margaret and Susan's great uncle
- Johnny Sands as Jerry White, Susan's teenage boyfriend
- Don Beddoe as Joey
- Lillian Randolph as Bessie
- Veda Ann Borg as Agnes Prescott
- Dan Tobin as Walters
- Ransom M. Sherman as Judge Treadwell
- William Bakewell as Winters
- Irving Bacon as Melvin
- Ian Bernard as Perry
- Carol Hughes as Florence
- William Hall as Anthony Herman
- Gregory Gaye as Maitre d'Hotel (Shown as Gregory Gay on film titles.)
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).
In 2009, the film was available on videocassette and DVD.
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".
- Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p221
- IMDb: The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer - Also Known As Linked 2014-02-23
- Crowther, Bosley (July 25, 1947), 'The Bachelor and Bobby-Soxer' at the Music Hall, The New York Times, retrieved 2009-10-15[dead link]
- The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer at the Internet Movie Database
- The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer at the TCM Movie Database
- The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer at AllMovie
- The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer at the American Film Institute Catalog
- The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer Review at The Ultimate Cary Grant Pages
- Radio adaptation of The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer June 13, 1949 on Lux Radio Theater; 60 minutes, with Cary Grant and Shirley Temple (MP3)