Young Ideas (1943)

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Academy Award-winner* Mary Astor (The Maltese Falcon) stars as a widow whose grown children try to break up her romance with a college professor in this charming, offbeat comedy directed by... See full summary »


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12 March 2019 | HotToastyRag
| Adorable and hilarious
Mary Astor and Herbert Marshall are together again! This time, instead of a tense marriage as in Woman Against Woman, they're in a, well, tense marriage. However, it's for entirely different reasons, and Young Ideas is hilarious from start to finish.

Mary, a celebrated novelist, elopes with Herbert, a stuffy professor, much to the chagrin of her publicist, Allyn Joslyn, and her grown-up children, Elliott Reid and Susan Peters. Incidentally, this is Elliott's second film, his first being a documentary, and he doesn't seem like a novice at all! He practically carries the movie, since the two children are arguably the leads, and his energy and enthusiasm are adorable. Together, it's three against two, and Mary and Herbert find their marriage threatened by outside forces. The children enroll in Herbert's university to make it seem like they're playing nice, but secretly they devise all sorts of schemes to ruin his career and romance. When Susan falls in love with one of her teachers, Richard Carlson, she starts to understand how important love is.

Young Ideas is so funny, you have to watch it. Herbert gets to let his hair down in a hilarious drunk scene where he challenges Allyn to a drinking contest, then ends up playing in the nightclub's jazz band, screaming "Go Tigers!" and walking a weaving line as his students cheer him on. Mary is a wonderful love interest for him, mature, pretty, sophisticated, and sincere. If there's anyone who can convince her children she's a human as well as a mother, it's Mary. Richard Carlson is a handsome bonus to the film; since his career didn't take off as much as it could have, I always like seeing him in the movies he did make. Rent this adorable youngsters vs. oldsters comedy. I know you'll laugh.

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