THE BACHELOR AND THE BOBBY-SOXER (1947)
Two interlocking love triangles spin out of control in this spritely comedy that won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay. Judge Margaret Turner (Myrna Loy) is raising her teenaged sister (Shirley Temple), who keeps getting crushes on guest speakers at her college. When a womanizing artist Dick Nugent (Cary Grant) shows up, Temple’s character naturally falls for him. After a series of legal kerfuffles, Margaret sentences Dick to date her sister until the girl gets over it. He falls hard for Margaret, which doesn’t sit well with her principle suitor (Rudy Vallee), who just happens to be the district attorney. Grant had just scored big hits with two serious films, Notorious and Night and Day (both 1946), and was eager to get back to comedy. He loved writer Sidney Sheldon’s script, but was disappointed when RKO producer Dore Schary decided to promote Irving Reis from B movies to direct. The atmosphere on the set was so tense that Schary wound up directing the actors while Reis planned the camera angles. None of that showed on screen, of course, and the film was a major hit. The title was particularly timely, as teenaged girls, dubbed “bobby-soxers,” were making headlines with their hysterical reaction to singing stars like Frank Sinatra. (d. Irving Reis, 95m, Nitrate, 35mm)
Nitrate projection made possible through support of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Turner Classic Movies, and The Film Foundation in partnership with the American Cinematheque and the Academy Film Archive.