Monday, March 19, 2018

Young at Heart (1954) Frank Sinatra & Doris Day


Director: Gordon Douglas           

Writers: Julius J. Epstein (screenplay), Lenore J. Coffee

Stars: Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Gig Young 

The three Tuttle sisters dream of getting married, the three being Doris Day, Dorothy Malone (just passed away January 19, 2018) and Elisabeth Fraser.  Enter Alex Burk (Gig Young) and all three fall for him. Alex has a buddy to help him arrange his music, the buddy being Frank Sinatra, who falls for Alex's girl. Young at Heart is a sappy movie, I love old sappy movies, and this one has some excellent music. The film is entertaining and the Technicolor print is beautiful. It is said that Ethel Barrymore spent most of her time between takes in a wheelchair. She was not crippled but was getting frail and had to conserve energy for her performance. Several poignant scenes in the film feature Sinatra's character, Barney Sloane, earning his keep in 'gin joints,' barely being heard above the drunken crowd as he accompanies himself singing "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Just One of Those Things" and "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)." Great movie! ★★★

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