Too Young to Kiss
|Too Young to Kiss|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Robert Z. Leonard|
|Produced by||Sam Zimbalist|
|Written by||Frances Goodrich
and Albert Hackett
|Story by||Everett Freeman|
|Music by||Johnny Green
|Cinematography||Joseph Ruttenberg, A.S.C.|
|Edited by||Conrad A. Nervig, A.C.E.|
|Box office||$2.3 million|
Too Young to Kiss is a 1951 American romantic comedy film directed by Robert Z. Leonard and starring June Allyson and Van Johnson. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction (Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse, Edwin B. Willis, Jack D. Moore). For her performance in the film, Allyson received the 1951 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
Eric Wainwright (Van Johnson), a busy impresario, is besieged by hordes of wannabe concert stars, eager for their big break. One of them is Cynthia Potter (June Allyson), a talented pianist, but she can't get in to see him. When she learns that Wainwright is auditioning young musicians for a children's concert tour, Cynthia dons braces and bobby sox and passes herself off as a child prodigy.
According to MGM records the film earned $1,602,000 in the US and Canada and $706,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $30,000.
Turner Classic Movies showing
Turner Classic Movies presented Too Young to Kiss on October 7, 2015 in commemoration of what would have been June Allyson's 98th birthday. Shown before Too Young to Kiss was 1946's The Secret Heart, 1945's The Sailor Takes a Wife, 1946's Two Sisters from Boston, 1947's Good News, 1948's The Bride Goes Wild, 1949's Little Women and 1950's The Reformer and the Redhead.
- The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
- "Let's Talk Shop with Polly: Too Young to Kiss… that's what Van thought… till June gave with a demonstration!" (Spartanburg Herald-Journal, December 2, 1951, page C9)
- "NY Times: Too Young to Kiss". NY Times. Retrieved December 21, 2008.
- "June Allyson, playing the role of a juvenile, too young to kiss, in the comedy by the same name, shows her reactions when Van Johnson threatens to kiss the lips she stuck out" (The Milwaukee Journal, December 13, 1951, Entertainment section, page 1)
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