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Young and Willing (1943)

For those, if any, who have wondered why so many Paramount contractees appeared in United Artists' films during the war years, this is another one of the Paramount productions that was sold... See full summary »

Director:

Edward H. Griffith

Writers:

Virginia Van Upp (screen play), Francis Swann (play)
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Cast

Cast overview:
William Holden ... Norman Reese
Eddie Bracken ... George Bodell
Robert Benchley ... Arthur Kenny
Susan Hayward ... Kate Benson
Martha O'Driscoll ... Dottie Coburn
Barbara Britton ... Marge Benson Dennison
Mabel Paige ... Mrs. Garnet
Florence MacMichael Florence MacMichael ... Muriel Foster
James Brown ... Tony Dennison
Jay Fassett Jay Fassett ... J.T. Coburn
Paul Hurst ... First Cop
Olin Howland ... Second Cop (as Olin Howlin)
Billy Bevan ... Phillips
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For those, if any, who have wondered why so many Paramount contractees appeared in United Artists' films during the war years, this is another one of the Paramount productions that was sold to United Artists in the early-40's when U.A. was having trouble meeting their exhibitor contracts because of lack of product, mainly due to their loss of production in England. A group of starving, but young and willing, actors band together to share finances and an apartment. Norman Reese (William Holden) orders no love nonsense between the boys and girls till they are set on Broadway, but Marge Benson (Barbara Britton) and Tony Dennison (James Brown) are already secretly married. A friend drops in to see Dottie Coburn (Martha O'Driscoll) and is shocked to find the boys and girls sharing the same apartment and insists it is her duty to inform Dottie's father (Jay Fassett.) Since Dottie is the only one with any money, the boys hurriedly pack their belongings and leave until after Mr. Coburn's ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 February 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Out of the Frying Pan See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Completed in 1941, copyrighted in 1942, and released in 1943. See more »

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It's so much better than you'd think!
24 March 2014 | by Gypsy1962See all my reviews

I dearly love this movie -- it's been a favorite of mine for years. It's no Gone With the Wind, to be sure, but it's entertaining, witty, and sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. The cast not only contains a pre-stardom William Holden and Susan Hayward, which alone is enough of a recommendation, but it has some absolutely priceless performances from Mabel Paige, Robert Benchley, Eddie Bracken, Martha O'Driscoll, and Florence MacMichael. The whole film, from start to finish, offers an implausible, screwball-type plot and performances, and it is absolute fun. There is truly never a dull moment -- and the more you see it, the more you'll appreciate it.


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