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The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (May 7, 2009)

The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer was filmed from July to October 1946 and was released in July, 1947. The script was written by Sidney Sheldon (yes, the same man who later wrote I Dream of Jeannie and Hart to Hart for television). It was directed by Irving Reis, who reportedly collapsed a week into filming. He was replaced by Dore Schary, the producer, but when Reis returned to the shoot, Reis concentrated on the technical aspects of the film while Schary continued to focus on the actors. This was Schary’s last film as a producer at RKO. He later was head of production for that studio, and even later, replaced Louis B. Mayer as head of production at MGM.

Bosley Crowther, in the New York Times of July 25, 1947, wrote, “But we must tell you that the performance of Cary Grant as the gentleman involved is one of the brightest and sharpest of his many light-comedy jobs. And we also must tell you that the texture of Mr. Sheldon's farce is firm and uncloyed with cuteness, which is just the way it should be, and that Irving Reis' direction has kept it in that solid shape.” Sidney Sheldon won the best writing Oscar for his original screenplay for this movie.

We are starting a series of eight Myrna Loy films with this one, followed by another with Cary Grant (Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House), then six with William Powell. Her performance here is bright, charming, and intelligent, as always. Crowther says Shirley Temple has “a full chance to show her natural charm as a clear-eyed, imaginative, persistent and overpowering 17-year-old.” As always, supporting actors make a successful comedy, and in this one note Rudy Vallee as Loy’s boyfriend, and Ray Collins and Harry Davenport as Loy’s and Temple’s uncles. It’s a bit of fluff that I hope keeps you entertained for ninety-five minutes.