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The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Irving Reis
Produced by Dore Schary
Written by Sidney Sheldon
Starring Cary Grant
Myrna Loy
Shirley Temple
Music by Leigh Harline
Cinematography Nicholas Musuraca
Robert De Grasse
Editing by Frederic Knudtson
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s) September 1, 1947 (1947-09-01)
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer is a 1947 American screwball comedy film directed by Irving Reis. The screenplay was written by Sidney Sheldon. The film stars Cary Grant, Myrna Loy, and Shirley Temple in a story about a teenager's crush on an older man. The film was a critical success. Sheldon won an Academy Award for the screenplay.



Seventeen-year-old Susan Turner develops a crush on Richard Nugent, a sophisticated bachelor who gives a lecture on art at her high school. Susan's uncle, a psychiatrist, believes Richard is an innocent bystander, but manages to persuade him to play along with Susan until the infatuation ends. He reluctantly agrees. When his efforts to shake her off fail, he throws himself into the charade hoping Susan's older sister Margaret will put an end to the affair. The film ends with Nugent and Margaret falling in love and Susan returning happily to her high school sweetheart, Jerry.


  • Cary Grant as Richard Nugent, a sophisticated bachelor
  • Myrna Loy as Margaret Turner, a judge
  • Shirley Temple as Susan Turner, her teenage sister
  • Rudy Vallee as Tommy Chamberlain, an attorney
  • Ray Collins as Dr. Matt Beemish, a psychiatrist
  • Harry Davenport as Judge Thaddeus Turner, Margaret and Susan's great uncle
  • Johnny Sands as Jerry White, Susan's teenage boyfriend



Critical reception

The New York Times thought the film "most agreeable" with high praise for the four principal performers, the direction and screenplay.[1]

Home media

In 2009, the film was available on videocassette and DVD.

Radio adaptation

A Lux Radio Theater adaptation starring Cary Grant and Shirley Temple aired on June 13, 1949. It was also dramatized as a half-hour radio play on the May 10, 1948 broadcast of The Screen Guild Theater with Cary Grant, Myrna Loy and Shirley Temple.


Some of the patter from the film ("You remind me of the man." "What man?" "The man with the power." "What power?" "The power of hoodoo." "Who-do?" "You do." "Do what?" "Remind me of the man." "What man?" and so forth) was used by David Bowie in one of the songs from "Labyrinth".

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