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Young At Heart [DVD]

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  • Actors: Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Gig Young, Ethel Barrymore, Dorothy Malone
  • Directors: Gordon Douglas
  • Writers: Fannie Hurst, Julius J. Epstein, Lenore J. Coffee, Liam O'Brien
  • Producers: Henry Blanke
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: 28 May 2001
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005B0DE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,302 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

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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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I saw this film when I was a nuerotic teen, and it spoke to me then and still does. It shows Sinatra and Day to be great together, and Mr. S was still really serious about his acting, unlike later when he lost interest.
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.
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I love this film, everytime I watch it, it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. Yes, I know that is totally soppy, but it's true.
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.
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If you like feel good movies then you'll love this - but it does have bite. Sinatra plays a down at heel, down on his luck piano player who comes across Doris Day and makes a play for her, despite her going with his best friend. She falls in love(who wouldn't?) and yet there is more to come that makes you want to keep watching. With a lovely score and some great standards(in particular, Just One of Those Things), this is a movie that you will reach to time and time again. I do.
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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.
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This movie will not be everybodys cup of tea,and in truth the story is pretty corny if easy going,but if like me your a fan of Doris Day and FrankSinatra then you cant go wrong.Its worth watching if only to hear and see them sing those wonderful songs by Gershwin,Cole Porter and Johnny Mercer.Doris and Frank are great together such a shame they didn't pair up again.For all its faults I love it as im sure many will,and the only reason I give it 4 stars is the fact that its a pretty poor standard for a Blu- ray there doesn't appear to have been much effort in restoring a very grainy film.
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Format: DVD
Doris Day is one of three musical sisters born to a musical father, Frank Sinatra is a piano player with a chip on his shoulder who turns up at the house to help arrange his friend's songs. She befriends him and two sides of a love triangle are formed.
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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