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The Youngest Profession

Overview

In this charming episodic comedy, a giddy group of adolescent girls form a movie-star fan club. Their favorite pastime is collecting the autographs of major stars. Led by their determined president, the gals stalk the streets and train stations of New York in search of big-name stars. Their expeditions are frequently successful, and during the film they garner the John Hancocks of such stars as Lana Turner, Greer Garson, William Powell, Walter Pidgeon, and Robert Taylor. ...
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Overview

In this charming episodic comedy, a giddy group of adolescent girls form a movie-star fan club. Their favorite pastime is collecting the autographs of major stars. Led by their determined president, the gals stalk the streets and train stations of New York in search of big-name stars. Their expeditions are frequently successful, and during the film they garner the John Hancocks of such stars as Lana Turner, Greer Garson, William Powell, Walter Pidgeon, and Robert Taylor.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
There's an innocence to The Youngest Profession that's almost other-worldly; modern viewers may feel as if it came from another planet, not just another time, and this fact alone may give it some appeal. Once the novelty of its freshness wears off, however, Youngest wears out its welcome. The main reason, of course, is not that Youngest is fluff, but because it's totally unsupported fluff. There's no solid underpinning, either in terms of real drama or genuine technique, and so it soon falls in on itself. There is some fun, of course, in seeing its parade of MGM stars and watching them interact in a typical "fan" situation, but after a while one is ready to trade the not-inconsiderable likes of Greer Garson and Walter Pidgeon for just a few moments of wit and originality. Matters are not helped by the plot abruptly switching course in the middle of the film, as the writers clearly or correctly saw that their original premise couldn't support a full-length film. Had an actress other than Virginia Weidler been cast in the lead, Youngest would work at least a little better; but Weidler was always a bit grating and artificial, a fact that only became more apparent the older she became. Youngest is harmless and mildly diverting, but little more.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/26/2012
  • UPC: 883316463796
  • Original Release: 1943
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 1:22:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 62,664

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Virginia Weidler Jean Lyons
Edward Arnold Mr. Lawrence Lyons
John Carroll Hercules
Ann Ayars Susan Thayer
Marta Linden Mrs. Edith Lyons
Dick Simmons Douglas Sutton
Agnes Moorehead Miss Featherstone
Jean Porter Patricia Drew
Raymond Roe Schuyler
Scotty Beckett Junior Lyons
Marcia Mae Jones Vera Bailey
Sara Haden Salvation Army Lass
Marjorie Gateson Mrs. Drew
Thurston Hall Mr. Drew
Jessie Grayson Lilybud
Lana Turner Guest
Greer Garson Guest Star
Walter Pidgeon Guest
Robert Taylor Guest Star
William Powell Himself
Polly Bailey
Harry Barris Man
Vangie Beilby
Margaret Bert
Beverly Boyd Beverly
Leonard Carey Valet
Ruth Cherrington
Dorothy Christy Sally
Shirley "Muggsy" Coates
Ann Codee Sandra's Maid
Mark Daniels Les Peterson
Hazel Dawn Hazel
Roland DuPree
Alice Keating
Nora Lane Hilda
Leota Lorraine Montage Bits
Mary McCarty Girl
Claire McDowell
Sandra Morgan
Dorothy Morris Secretary
Aileen Pringle Miss Farwood
Patricia Roe Polly
Bobby Stebbins Richard
William Tannen Hotel Clerk
Ray Teal Taxi Driver
Beverly Tyler Thyra Winters
Robert Winkler Mail Room Boy
Jane Isbell Jane
George Noisom Delivery Boy
Leigh DeLacy
Violet Seton
Technical Credits
Edward N. Buzzell Director
Edward C. Carfagno Art Director
Helen Conway Set Decoration/Design
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Charles Lawton Cinematographer
Charles Lederer Screenwriter
George Oppenheimer Screenwriter
Howard Shoup Costumes/Costume Designer
David Snell Score Composer
Leonard Spigelgass Screenwriter
Edwin B. Willis Art Director, Set Decoration/Design
Ralph Winters Editor
B.F. Zeidman Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Youngest Profession
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [10:00]
4. Chapter 4 [10:00]
5. Chapter 5 [10:00]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [10:00]
8. Chapter 8 [10:00]
9. Chapter 9 [1:45]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Youngest Profession
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   Menu Group #1 with 9 chapter(s) covering 01:21:45
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