Young At Heart [DVD]
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Barney Sloan (Frank Sinatra) is a cynical, down-on-his-luck musician, who reluctantly agrees to help his composer friend Alex Burke (Gig Young) with a new comedy he is working on. However, Barney gains a new perspective on life and love when he meets Alex's irrepressibly perky fiancée, Laurie (Doris Day) - and promptly falls in love with her! A musical remake of the 1938 film 'Four Daughters', with Sinatra offering definitively gloomy renditions of 'Someone to Watch Over Me' and 'One More for My Baby' before Day manages to put a smile on his face.
This 1954 musical remake of Four Daughters stars Doris Day as a well-bred New England woman who marries a chip-on-his-shoulder musician (Frank Sinatra). Lots of tears, yes, but this version of Fannie Hurst's novel is considerably cheered up from the 1938 tearjerker. Dorothy Malone and Elizabeth Fraser play Day's sisters (a fourth sister present in Four Daughters was written out), Robert Keith is the paterfamilias to a bunch of musical prodigies, and Gig Young is entertaining as the composer-boarder who tries deflecting the sisters' interest in him by bringing Sinatra home one day. Both Day and Sinatra really shine in this, and the songs include the Johnny Richards-Caroline Leigh title tune, which became part of Sinatra's standard repertoire. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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The movie reflects its time, showing the Sinatra character as the outsider/rebel, through a slight messing of his hair (toupe) and a loosened tie, reflecting the still uptight society. It took so little to define an outcast.
The music is great although the song he keeps trying to write is not as good as it should have been given the buildup. The title song, Young At Heart, is a better one, although it does not seem to fit the story which heads down a forlorn path until the happy ending saves it. Sinatra shows the inner sadness and self-destructive nature of those of us who are self-involved and neurotic. Funny too is how the only goal for Sinatra's character is to write a hit tune; nothing else will do.
Doris is absolutely adorable and so desirable that you almost feel she is too good for Frank, although Gig Young plays such a likeable, charming jerk that you do eventually get why she might like the more interesting Sinatra.
The three sisters are a hoot, (although they appear too old to be living at home with Dad) all seeking marriage as their only hope in this world, and competing with each other very subtley while trying to love one another; very 50's.
And what more can we say about one of the great Barrymore's, Ethyl. She is so good and on target without going for the obvious choices. Certainly she deserved a better role at this time of her career, but no bitterness shows through. She is a pro. Not sure where this fell in terms of her eventual demise, but she looks quite aged here, so it may have been among her last films. Obviously, I love this film.
I always forget how fantastic Doris Day was and teaming her up with Frank Sinatra was a stroke of genius.
If you haven't seen this film you have to get your hands on a copy and make it part of your collection. You won't regret it.
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.Read more ›
This is one of those musicals where the songs occur naturally in the plot because the main characters are musicians and sitting at the piano rather than just bursting into song accompanied by an invisible orchestra. The songs are superb and well executed - especially by Sinatra - but you would expect that, what you might not expect is the plot which starts off quite light and fluffy but proceeds to deal with complicated relationships and turns rather dark in the latter part. In my opinion it is all the better a film for this unexpected turn but it might not suit everyone.
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Lovely old film, great songs and stars, Doris and Frank together, two brilliant voices, what more do you need. Read morePublished 22 days ago by JacBanBoo
An old classic, a favourite of mine especially if you like Doris Day & Frank Sinatra's voice 😊Published 5 months ago by Nattasha
A very enjoyable musical with an above average plot and a fine cast. One or two more good songs would have made it a five star show.Published 5 months ago by Brian Commins