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The Youngest Profession (1943)

Joan Lyons and her friend Patricia Drew are autograph hounds spending most of their day bumping into, and having tea, with the likes of Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. Based on ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward Buzzell

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George Oppenheimer (screenplay), Charles Lederer (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Virginia Weidler ... Joan Lyons
Edward Arnold ... Burton V. Lyons
John Carroll ... Dr. Hercules
Ann Ayars ... Susan Thayer
Marta Linden Marta Linden ... Edith Lyons
Dick Simmons ... Douglas Sutton
Agnes Moorehead ... Miss Featherstone
Jean Porter ... Patricia Drew
Raymond Roe ... Schuyler
Dorothy Morris ... Secretary
Scotty Beckett ... Junior Lyons
Marcia Mae Jones ... Vera Bailey
Sara Haden ... Sister Lassie
Beverly Tyler ... Thyra Winter (as Beverly Jean Saul)
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Drew
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Joan Lyons and her friend Patricia Drew are autograph hounds spending most of their day bumping into, and having tea, with the likes of Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon. Based on misinformation from a meddling old-maid governess, Miss Featherstone, Joan also devotes some time to working on the no-problem marriage of her parents to the extent of hiring Dr. Hercules, the strong man from a side show to pay attention to her mother in order to make her father jealous, despite the good advice received from Walter Pidgeon. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

13 November 1943 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Cazando estrellas See more »

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Budget:

$446,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

MGM purchased the rights to the novel in 1940, intending to star Judy Garland, but she was deemed too old by the time production was ready, so Virginia Weidler was cast instead. See more »

Quotes

Patricia Drew: Joan, mother's waiting dinner.
Joan Lyons: What's more important? Walter Pidgeon or liver and onions?
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Connections

References De vrouw met het geschonden gelaat (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

Easy to Love
(1936) (uncredited)
Written by Cole Porter
Played as dance music at the soiree
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Hangin' Out with "The Youngest Profession"
5 February 2014 | by JLRMovieReviewsSee all my reviews

Virginia Weidler and Jean Porter are part of a young girls' fan club of the stars who collect their autographs. In fact, Virginia is the president of the club, who outlines the rules and lengths one must go through to get the most famous and desired John Hancocks. They must live in a big city like New York, because how else could they come across celebrities like Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, and Robert Taylor! All these make brief appearances, plus another of whom Virginia has a crush on, but, while we get to see him, she never does, in a clever way of closing the film. But, we begin the film in Hollywood, as Lana Turner is dictating a response to a fan's letter, one that they call a very gracious letter. And, Lana calls the young stargazers "the youngest profession." The plot revolves around the escapades they go on to get their target and the appeal of the film is just how star-crazy they really are. Jean Porter is a hoot as she goes all agog over Walter Pidgeon and Robert Taylor. I'm surprised to see the low rating of this film, because it was a very funny film and I had a blast. Maybe it seemed rather trivial to everyone else, but sometimes the simpleness of a film is what makes it so enjoyable and laid-back. I do admit though that the humor was not very subtle as most of the characters here get really loud and outrageous, including child actor Scotty Beckett as Virginia's brother. Another plus is the presence and performance of Edward Arnold as Virginia's father, who through no fault of his own, is thought to be straying with his secretary. But that is encouraged by character actress Agnes Moorehead. If you want an old-fashioned and very funny film, then hang out with those of "The Youngest Profession."


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