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Character's Name: Richard (Dick) Nugent
Release Date:  September 1, 1947
Director: Irving Reis
Studio:  RKO Radio
Running Time: 94 minutes

Cast:  Cary Grant (Dick), Myrna Loy (Margaret), Shirley Temple (Susan), Rudy Vallee (Tommy), Ray Collins (Beemish), Harry Davenport (Thaddeus),  Johnny Sands (Jerry), Don Beddoe (Tony), Lilian Randolph (Bessie), Veda Ann Borg (Agnes Prescott), Dan Tobin (Walters), Ransom Sherman (Judge Treadwell), William Bakewell (Winters), Irving Bacon (Melvin), Ian Bernard (Perry), Carol Hughes (Florence), William Hall (Anthony Herman), Gregory Gay (Maitre d'Hotel)

The picture may also have been released under the title:
'Bachelor Knight'

- by ZoŽ Shaw
Dick finds himself squiring a love-sick teenager, Susan, in order to avoid a tougher sentence. He finds himself doing things that really don't suit his age. Eventually, he gets together with her elder sister, Margaret.

- by Jen Parmeter
Right from the beginning of the film, we know that Cary's character, Richard Nugent, is full of both trouble and charm. Brought into Judge Margaret Turner's (Myrna Loy) courtroom after a fight broke out over a discussion of him by two women at a restaurant, he nearly sweeps the judge of her feet. Later while doing a speech about art at a local high school, an impressionable teenager named Susan Turner (the judge's younger sister) becomes smitten with him. She sneaks into his apartment wanting to pose as a model for him. This lands Cary in jail when the judge comes to get her, with the police in tow. The judge orders Cary to become Susan's beau until her crush has ended. With no alternative, he reluctantly agrees. He tries everything to break Susan's crush including trying to get her back with her old boyfriend and acting like a goofy teenager himself, all of which result in the opposite effect.

This film is a very good family comedy of the 40's. As with any of Cary's comedies he adds a degree of almost silliness to the film. The most hilarious scenes including the "I know a man, what man" joke that goes back and forth between Cary and his unfortunate victims, the knight in shining armor, and the hysterical races and obstacle courses at the town picnic . There is a bit of romance in the film as well. As the film progresses he develops feelings for Margaret and his flirtations become genuine by the end of the film.

VARIETY Film Review - June 4, 1947
- by "Brog"
- submitted by Barry Martin
"The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer" is broad farce slated for strong reception as summer film fare.  It will brighten hot weather boxoffices in all situations.  Fun is slickly projected to keep entertainment light and fast, and cast troupes it to the hilt.  Names of Cary Grant, Myrna Ly and Shirley Temple are sturdy lures and other values are equally strong. 

Comedy aims are firmly backed by Dore Shary's production and the broad directorial treatment by Irving Reis.  Punchy dialog and situations grab sock laughs and it's all done with deft timing that further glosses farce mood.

Solid script by Sidney Sheldon poses a plot easily adapted to fluffy situations.  Tossed together are a lady judge, a playboy artist, and an impressionable teenager. Grant, the artist, has already had a brush with the judge, Myrna Loy, so when the judge's kid sister, Shirley Temple, is found in the artist's apartment late at night, he's in plenty of trouble.  Court psychiatrist proposes that, rather than make Grant a martyr in Miss Temple's eyes, he be assigned to escort her around until she gets over her crush.

Chuckles get heartier and heartier as adult Grant plays at being a juvenile at basketball games, school picnics, etc.  It's done with slapstick touch that pays off. Romance switch with Miss Loy going for Grant and winning him in the finale is an obvious development but well done. 

Starring trio wrap up assignments in firstrate fashion, pleasing mightily.  Not to be discounted for comedy playing is Rudy Vallee as an assistant d.a. who has his romantic eye on the judge also.  Ray Collins (as the psychiatrist), Harry Davenport, Johnny Sands, Miss Temple's juve boy friend.  Don Beddoe, Lillian Randolph, Veda Ann Borg and others hold up their end of the fun capably. 

Production dress is strong.  Lensing by Robert de Grasse and Nicholas Musuraca, art direction and set decorations, editing, background music and other actors lend able backing. 

- by Kathy Fox

This is Cary Grant's 50th movie and his second with Myrna Loy, and the only time he will be directed by Irving Reis.  THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER, is an interesting movie, which won an Oscar for Best Screenplay for Sidney Sheldon.  Grant plays Richard Nugent, a gentleman painter, who gets caught up in a public disturbance in a nightclub, and appears before Judge Margaret Turner, played by Myrna Loy. His case is dismissed because of lack of evidence.  That day Mr. Nugent appears at the local high school where Ms. Turner's sister,  Susan, played by Shirley Temple, goes to school and Susan immediately, develops a crush on Nugent, her knight in shining armor.  Susan goes to Nugent's apartment under the pretext of getting her portrait painted, and Margaret comes to her rescue, but hits the assistant district attorney and is put in jail.  It is decided by Susan's uncle, a psychologist, that in order for Susan to get over Nugent and have his sentence reduced, that he should make a play for Susan.  It all comes off so incredibly easy, and in turn Margaret and Richard become attracted to one another.  Cary is at his best in playing Richard Nugent and the review from THE NEW YORK TIMES, dated July 25, 1947, states, "The performance of Cary Grant . . . is one of the brightest and sharpest of his many light comedy jobs.  Being perhaps the most accomplished looker-askance in films, not to mention fumer and frowner, Mr. Grant has his opportunities here."  Cary, "You remind me of a man." 

NEW YORK TIMES Film Review - July 25, 1947
- by Bosley Crowther
- submitted by Barry Martin
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, debonair, 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.
Detailed descriptions are annoying, so we're not going to mar your fun with a windy report on how the bachelor is snagged in the bobby-soxer's snare, how he is innocently compromised by a new twist on the old Army game, how he is made to romp with the kiddies and how he finally gets out of it. (The bobby-soxer has an older sister who is a judge; we will tell you that much.) Neither will we go into spasms over the events at a high-school picnic and the gall of the younger generation. We will let you go into them yourself.

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. Being perhaps the most accomplished looker-askance in films, not to mention fumer and frowner, Mr. Grant has his opportunities here. And so, too, does Shirley Temple have a full chance to show her natural charm as a clear-eyed, imaginative, persistent and overpowering 17-year-old. Myrna Loy is like-wise attractive as the solemn but flexible judge and Rudy Vallee is remarkably comic as a humorless suitor for her hand.

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 ad Leo McCarey used to make ten or more years ago. And a higher recommendation we can't give to a light summer show.

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