Young at Heart

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Overview

Young at Heart is a soft-pedaled, musicalized remake of 1938's Four Daughters. Robert Keith takes over the Claude Rains role as paterfamilias to a family of musical prodigies, all girls: Doris Day, Dorothy Malone, Elizabeth Fraser the fourth daughter was written out of proceedings, no great loss. Keith's new boarder Gig Young, a musical-comedy composer, becomes the three daughters' heart balm, whether he wants to our not. When he gets stuck creatively, Young invites his tempestuous pal Frank Sinatra to help him ...
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Overview

Young at Heart is a soft-pedaled, musicalized remake of 1938's Four Daughters. Robert Keith takes over the Claude Rains role as paterfamilias to a family of musical prodigies, all girls: Doris Day, Dorothy Malone, Elizabeth Fraser the fourth daughter was written out of proceedings, no great loss. Keith's new boarder Gig Young, a musical-comedy composer, becomes the three daughters' heart balm, whether he wants to our not. When he gets stuck creatively, Young invites his tempestuous pal Frank Sinatra to help him finish his score. Sinatra essays the old John Garfield role, retaining a generous supply of Garfield's chip-on-shoulder edginess. But whereas Garfield's character dies in Four Daughters, Sinatra survives for a happily-ever-after clinch with Doris Day. Most of the songs heard in Young at Heart were already standards in 1954--with the notable exception of the Johnny Richards-Carolyn Leigh title number, which of course became a part of Frank Sinatra's standard repertoire.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Young at Heart is a bit of an oddball musical, one in which the songs seem to have been shoehorned in merely to take advantage of the talents of stars Doris Day and Frank Sinatra rather than to add emotional heft to the proceedings or to expand upon the inner workings of the characters. Yes, the creators have seen to it that the numbers being sung -- "One for My Baby" or "Just One of Those Things," for example -- fit in with the mood of the scene at the moment, but they don't really contribute to our understanding of the characters or their relationship. As a result, there's a bit of a hole in the middle of the film, for one never really buys that Day would fall for Sinatra in the way that she does. It just seems that they get together because the script says that they should. That flaw aside, however, Heart is good entertainment, with solid performances (both musical and dramatic). Gig Young is especially good, combining arrogance and charm in equal amounts. Even better is Ethel Barrymore, who somehow adds weight and strength to Aunt Jessie with nothing more than a quiet, but penetrating, gaze.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/8/2014
  • UPC: 887090074001
  • Original Release: 1954
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  • Source: Olive Films
  • Aspect Ratio: Vistavision (1.66:1)
  • Presentation: Color / Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:57:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 32,118

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Doris Day Laurie Tuttle
Frank Sinatra Barney Sloan
Gig Young Alex Burke
Ethel Barrymore Aunt Jessie
Dorothy Malone Fran Tuttle
Robert Keith Gregory Tuttle
Elisabeth Fraser Amy Tuttle
Alan Hale Jr. Robert Neary
Lonny Chapman Ernest Nichols
Frank Ferguson Bartell
Marjorie Bennett Mrs. Ridgefield
Ivan Browning Porter
Cliff Ferre Bartender
Joe Forte Minister
John Maxwell Doctor
William McLean Husband
Grazia Narciso Fat Man's Wife
Barbara Pepper Wife
Robin Raymond Girl
Tito Vuolo Fat Man in Car
Harte Wayne Conductor
Technical Credits
Gordon M. Douglas Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
John Beckman Art Director
Henry Blanke Producer
Lenore J. Coffee Screenwriter
Julius J. Epstein Screenwriter
Ray Heindorf Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Ted D. McCord Cinematographer
Liam O'Brien Screenwriter
Howard Shoup Costumes/Costume Designer
William Wallace Set Decoration/Design
William H. Ziegler Editor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Young at Heart, a tear jerker for all

    Young at Heart is a heart warming story of a down on his luck musician and his love for his wife. Doris Day stars as Lorie, a fun loving American girl from a musical family, who falls for their border's friend, Barney, wonderfully played by Frank Sinatra. Lorie tries to turn Barney more human and life loving while he falls in love with her. When she announces her engagement to Alec, the family's border, Barney and her sister Amy are broken hearted. Barney shows how much he loves Lorie and how much Amy loves Alec- or think she does. On her wedding day, Lorie elopes with Barney. They live together for several monthes, Barney all the time believing that his wife is in love with Alec. On Christmas Eve with the family Barney tries to kill himself but has life-saving surgery done when he realizes that Lorie loves him and they are going to be parents. This tear jerking story is a must see for any fan of Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, musicals, or sad films.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Heart warming classic

    My wife got me hooked on Young at Heart. It's a twist on the classic good looking, talented guy does not win the girl. Sure every girl in the house falls for Alex (Gig Young). Frank Sinatra shows up to help Alex and has a ''life's victim mentality'' (don't we all sometimes?). It takes Laurie (Doris Day) to realize Barney Sloan's (Frank) potential. When Alex (Gig Young) proposes to Laurie (Doris Day) and she accepts, Barney Sloan sees it as another of Life's dirty tricks on him and goes into a depression. Laurie realizes that talented and successful Alex does not really need her. Barney has talent and just needs love and encouragement that he never had in his life to become just as successful. What she does not realize is what a job it's going to be to get Barney (Frank) to believe in himself. Some great, great, Frank Sinatra tunes here including: *Just one of those things. *Quarter to three (set up joe). *Young at heart. *Someone to watch over me. It's worth it just see Frank do these standards. Some great Doris Day tunes, and you get to see Alan Hale (the skipper on Gilligan's Island) being himself. Great flick!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I'd totally forgotten...

    How much I love this film!! I saw this film when I was still a child 150 years ago and fell in love with Doris Day! Modern audiences may find this kind of fare corny and maybe it is but I have to tell you that if this film doesn't move you on some level you're probably beyond help at least with regard to cynicism. Just hearing Day and Sinatra sing these fabulous tunes straight out of the American songbook is worth the price of the DVD! Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It was so weird, it worked!

    First of all, the sisters were too old to be hanging around the house waiting to get married in 1955. Once Doris Day had been cast, the other two sisters also had to be too old for that situation, creating a really weird, neurotic, Victorian atmosphere in what was supposed to be a happy modern home. And then when Laurie marries Barney and he can't even feed her, it still never occurs to her to get a j-o-b. And then when she's pregnant everyone says how wonderful it is, even though her husband cannot even support his wife. Above all, I do not know to this day if Doris Day married Barney because she loved him or because she thought her sister loved her first fiance, Alex. Her constantly saying how much she loved him did not change my mind. It was just more Victorian nuttiness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2002

    Loving & Believing In Someone

    This mellow-dramatic story is a clear example of how opposites attract (Frank Sinatra/Doris Day) and how love helped Barney Sloan pull through, even attempted suicide because Laurie Tuttle believed in him from the very beginning. The carefree, openhearted, and loving Laurie was just what the cynical, down on his life, hard-hearted on the outside but crying out to be loved on the inside Barney needed. I think of their first meeting. All Laurie heard was the piano playing and was instantly taken by Barney¿s talents. Barney was so down on himself and took his talent fore granted and brushed it off by saying ¿they¿ let me have a ¿little talent.¿ What he did not realize was that he was much more talented than his pal Alex (Gig Young). Laurie was determined to ¿make a human being¿ out of the seemingly heartless Barney. She saw straight through him (as he did her on her wedding day to Alex) and their transparent visions that showed they loved each other made Laurie leave Alex at the altar and follow her heart. Not that she didn¿t care for Alex¿he loved himself enough as it was. He was a ¿lady¿s man¿ and women were drawn to him. Even Laurie¿s sisters (the oldest one engaged herself) kept eyeing Alex on several occasions. His ego took quite a blow when Laurie went further and not only loved herself, but someone that loved and needed her more than Alex ever would. Also, her middle sister Amy thought she was ¿in love¿ with Alex, overlooking the humble but very strong plumber (Ernie) that had been there all along, and, when the crisis and embarrassment of Laurie¿s jilting Alex arose, stood up and showed just how strong he really was, opening Amy¿s eyes. Aunt Jessie (Ethel Barrymore) was the voice of wisdom for all occasions. She too saw through Barney, but also did those ¿lovable auntie¿ things to make him feel welcomed in their home. Barney watched as his new wife sang Alex¿s song during the Christmas Eve Holiday and got in his mind that Laurie still loved Alex. What he did not know was that she gave Alex back the jewelry he had given her and shared a confidential surprise she would give Barney at the stroke of midnight¿they were going to have a baby. Amy and Laurie were doing dishes and laughing at the turn of events in their lives. Laurie confided in her sister that it seemed no matter how much she tried to show Barney just how much she loved him; she felt she couldn¿t get through. Then, there was the car accident in Bob¿s car, making the older sister think Bob was seriously injured. No, it was Barney¿feeling down on his life again, and not knowing that he and Laurie would be having a baby, tempted the ¿fates¿ and wanted to see if the ¿lightening¿ would strike him dead. As he lay between life and death, Laurie sobs heavily and tells him, ¿You just can¿t die¿I need you¿WE need you!!!¿ The next spring, not only is Barney still alive after successful surgery, but he and Laurie sing the song that he put the ¿face and feet on,¿ and Barney is a changed man. Her love pulled him through, and in turn he finished the song she knew he had deep in his heart¿for her. I read the ending in ¿Four Daughters¿ was different. Barney dies. Frank Sinatra refused to have his character die, and to me that sounds just like something Frank would demand, considering the legend he was then (and still is) and his determination to be the best. He was to me.

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