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TCM 31 Days of Oscar – The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

TCM 31 Days of Oscar

TCM 31 Days of Oscar

I’ve challenged myself to watch a movie every day from Turner Classic Movie channel’s 31 Days of Oscar. I’ll be focusing on the movies I haven’t watched yet, with maybe just a few movies I’ve already seen.

Here is my 23rd day and movie of my challenge to TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar.

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

7 out of 10 Stars

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

1956 Romance film. Starring Myrna Loy, Cary Grant, Shirley Temple, Rudy Vallee, Don Beddoe and Jose Ferrer.

The 360° Game: starts off with I Remember Mama starring Don Beddoe, and he was in The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer with Jose Ferrer who was in the next film, Cyrano de Bergerac.

And the Oscar goes to… The film’s screenplay (Best Original Screenplay) won an Academy Award for Sidney Sheldon.

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

Short Synopsis: A judge (Myrna Loy) orders a playboy (Cary Grant) to date her infatuated teenage sister (Shirley Temple) to cure the girl’s crush on him.

A note before I start watching this. And why I chose this movie… For Shirley Temple and Cary Grant. And it’s a Rom-Com.

My Thoughts: This was a cute and funny Rom-Com. It’s predictable but still fun to watch mostly thanks to Cary Grant. I hardly recognized Shirley Temple here.

The Play by Play Thoughts

0:02 Miss Susan Turner – teenager Shirley Temple. She looks nothing like that child star here.

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

0:06 Judge Margaret Turner at work. And Uncle Matt and Tommy Chamberlain. And the case with Mr. Nugent and the Vampire Club.

“Don’t press your luck.” – Mr. Nugent’s lawyer.

And of course this painter will press his luck later on.

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

0:15 “I present Mr. Richard Nugent.” And of course Mr. Nugent is speaking at Susan’s school, where she and a lot of the females develop a crush on him. Yup. And Susan’s seeing him as a “Knight in Shining Armor.” Literally. Luckily she’s the editor of the school’s newspaper so she can talk to him. In private. Poor Jerry White, Susan’s boyfriend.

0:26 “I’m going to model for him.” – Susan. And here comes trouble for Mr. Nugent no doubt.

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

0:31 “Let’s have the facts.” – Susan’s schemes helps Uncle Matt with his big plan. More like a matchmaking plan.

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

0:40 “Mmm. That’s great, recommended for children.” – Richard. And a little blackmail to help Susan get over her crush on him. And their first date? Her school’s basketball game where Jerry is playing. Poor kid. He can’t play at the top of his game because he’s more interested in watching Susan and Richard.

“You mean that fine-looking young man who smiled at you? Number 7.” – Richard.

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

0:53 Second Date, a Saturday Picnic. Richard’s “You remind me of a man” joke and acting like, well as an odd person. But the picnic competition between Chamberlain and Richard is funny.

“You know Jerry, at times you’re really very nice.” – Susan.

Like I’ve been saying, poor Jerry.

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

1:12 “We’ll see about L’Amoure my friend, L’Amoure.” – Tommy. And now Richard is playing games with Chamberlain so that he can go dancing with Margaret.

1:16 The Dance. Richard’s trying to romance Margaret but that’s a bit difficult when he’s two past models, Agnes from the Vampire Club and cigarette lady Charlie interrupts them. Oh and also Susan coming over and sitting with them in a huff. So what started as a party for 2 has naturally developed to a party of 7 (Richard, Margaret, Susan, Jerry, Tommy, Agnes and her man, Joey)… Thus chaos ensues.

“Oh… Now there’s a guy who never goes out of a girl’s mind. He just stays there, like a heavy meal.” – Agnes.

1:27 Susan’s head is all clear now. And according to the Uncle Matt, the facts are quite simple. Margaret is in love with Richard Nugent. So here comes another one of Uncle Matt’s schemes.

“You know, in many ways, I think this has made a bigger woman of me.” – Susan.

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

1:34 And a Happy Ending thanks to Uncle Matt. And…

“You remind me of a man.” “What man?” “The man with the power.” “What power?” “The power of ‘who do.'” “Who do?” “You do.” “Do what?” “Remind me of a man.” “What man?” “The man with the power…”

Give up? Cary Grant did.

1:34 And… The End. Wow. That was quick.

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer


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