The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer ★★★★

Grant and Loy, two of the most talented light comedy performers of all time, spar off each other beautifully, with Shirley Temple proving a more than capable third apex of the triangle. Sidney Sheldon's Oscar-winning script is dry and delicious, delivered with skill by the leads and a fine roster of familiar supporting faces. It all builds up to a delightful comic melée at a nightclub, and with the interjection of a brassy broad (Veda Ann Borg - excellent) brings to mind a similar scene in Mr and Mrs Smith. Irving Reis is no Hitchcock however, and his handling of the scene fails to wring the complete comic potential from it. Dismiss minor gripes and enjoy the class on display, with Cary's attempt to get down with the kids being particularly cherishable.

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