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The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

Friday, May 5, 2017, 10 p.m., Dryden Theatre

Irvin Reis, US 1947
Print source: Academy Film Archive, Los Angeles
Running time: 95 minutes

About the print

The print is in very good condition, though it does have significant curl. Shrinkage: 0.6%

About the film

“We wouldn’t be able to tell you whether Sidney Sheldon, the fellow who wrote The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, which came to the Music Hall yesterday, has suffered personal harassment at the hands of modern youth. But whether he has or hasn’t, he certainly understands that dreadful fate. And, furthermore, he knows how to make it seem delightfully bewildering on the screen—which may not be wholly consistent but which makes for most agreeable film fare. For, in The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer, Mr. Sheldon has caught the wry frenzy of a gay, debonnaire, indifferent and slightly naughty man-about-town who suddenly finds himself the victim of a fanciful high-school girl’s crush—than which no other attachment of a female is more profound. And he has also invented a hilarious sequence of events by which the baffled hero must submit to the willful child’s designs. As a consequence—and while the swoony fever is upon the bashless tot— this poor, victimized bystander is taken for a most amazing ride. . . . 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. In fact, it is all reminiscent of some of those gay, galvanic larks that Gregory LaCava and Leo McCarey used to make ten or more years ago. And a higher recommendation we can’t give to a light summer show.”

– Bosley Crowther, New York Times, July 25, 1947