You're Never Too Young
|You're Never Too Young|
|Directed by||Norman Taurog|
|Produced by||Paul Jones|
|Written by||Fanny Kilbourne
Edward Childs Carpenter
|Music by||Walter Scharf|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||102 minutes|
|Box office||$3.4 million (US)|
Wilbur Hoolick, a barber's apprentice, doesn't have enough money for train fare. Wilbur pretends to be an eleven-year-old in order to purchase a ticket for half price. Meanwhile, a valuable diamond has been stolen and the thief hides it in Hoolick's pocket without his knowledge.
On the train, Wilbur gets the impression that the thief is a jealous husband. He hides in the compartment of Nancy Collins, a teacher at a private girl's school. Feeling sorry for "young" Wilbur traveling alone, she allows him to stay there for the duration of the train ride.
During a stop-over, another teacher, Gretchen Brendan, boards the train and finds out that Nancy is sharing her compartment with "a man." Gretchen hurries to the school to let Nancy's fiancee, Bob Miles, in on this news. In order to protect Nancy's job and reputation, Wilbur must continue the charade of pretending to be a child. He accompanies "Aunt Nancy" to school. The jewel thief follows them in order to retrieve the stolen diamond.
Along the way, Wilbur falls in love with Nancy, although she still thinks of him as a little boy. Eventually the thief retrieves the jewel and a chase ensues. In the end he is captured and Wilbur's identity is revealed.
- Dean Martin as Bob Miles
- Jerry Lewis as Wilbur Hoolick
- Diana Lynn as Nancy
- Nina Foch as Gretchen
- Raymond Burr as the Thief
- Tommy Ivo as Marty
- Nancy Kulp as Marty's Mom
- Tor Johnson as a Train Passenger (scene deleted but visible on the film's trailer)
You're Never Too Young was filmed from October 18 to December 27, 1954. This film is a remake of another Paramount film, The Major and the Minor (1942), directed by Billy Wilder — his first film as director—and co-written by Wilder and Charles Brackett.
- Diana Lynn previously appeared with Martin and Lewis in their first film, My Friend Irma (1949), as well as its sequel, My Friend Irma Goes West (1950). She is also featured in The Major And The Minor, which You're Never Too Young is based on.
The film was included on a five-film DVD set, the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Collection: Volume Two, released on June 5, 2007.
- 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955', Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956