You're Never Too Young

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You're Never Too Young
Directed by Norman Taurog
Produced by Paul Jones
Written by Fanny Kilbourne
Edward Childs Carpenter
Sidney Sheldon
Starring Dean Martin
Jerry Lewis
Diana Lynn
Nina Foch
Raymond Burr
Music by Walter Scharf
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • August 25, 1955 (1955-08-25)
Running time
102 minutes
Language English
Box office $3.4 million (US)[1]
2,202,595 admissions (France)[2]

You're Never Too Young (1955) is a comedy film starring the team of Martin and Lewis, released on August 25, 1955 by Paramount Pictures, and co-starring Diana Lynn, Nina Foch, and Raymond Burr.


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.



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.


In 1964, Paramount re-released You're Never Too Young with another Martin and Lewis film, The Caddy (1953).


  • 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.

DVD release[edit]

The film was included on a five-film DVD set, the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Collection: Volume Two, released on June 5, 2007.


  1. ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955', Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956
  2. ^ Box Office information for film in France at Box Office Story

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