Young at Heart is directed by Gordon Douglas and adapted by Lenore J. Coffee, Liam O'Brien & Julius J. Epstein from a Fannie Hurst story called Sister Act. It stars Doris Day, Frank Sinatra, Gig Young, Ethel Barrymore, Alan Hale Jr, Elisabeth Fraser and Dorothy Malone. Music is by Ray Heindorf and Ted D. McCord is the cinematographer. Out of Warner Brothers it's filmed in Warner Color with the print by Technicolor. Film is a remake of a 1938 film titled Four Daughters, which was directed by Michael Curtiz. Plot has the charming Alex Burke (Young) enter the lives of the musical Tuttle family, where each of the three daughters start to be attracted to him. It's Laurie (Day) who captures his heart and they become engaged, upsetting the applecart of the other two sisters. But when Barney (Sinatra) comes into the picture to help Alex with some musical arrangements, matters become complicated. Because even tho he has a cynical outlook on life, Laurie forms a close friendship with him. It's the start of something that will alter the lives of everyone in and around the Tuttle family.
It all sounds a bit fluffy in plot synopsis, and at times it undeniably is. Packed with quality tunes and two musical stars pitching from the top of the mound, Young at Heart is every inch an old fashioned romantic picture. Yet it marries this up with some heavy drama, even venturing down the dark alleyways that the source contained, tho the change in ending, requested by Sinatra, plays safe and opens the film up for a more family friendly audience. It's also impeccably casted, Sinatra plays bitter and twisted to Day's sweet and straight, Young has charisma in abundance, and Barrymore is grand as the all seeing, all knowing head of the family, Aunt Jessie. Stand out songs are the title song, Just One Of Those Things, One for My Baby and Someone To Watch Over Me. A quality production harking back to a time when story was as important as style, simple yet retaining a serrated edge, Young at Heart is a classy bit of 50's cinema. 8/10