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Young at Heart

Year: 1954
Production Country: USA
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Featuring: Frank Sinatra / Gig Young / Ethel Barrymore
Running time: 117min
Certificate: U

Doris Day stars opposite Frank Sinatra, who croons ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’, in Gordon Douglas's romantic musical.

Synopsis

Top-billed Day’s Laurie is the wholesome, down-home type, Sinatra’s Barney is a recalcitrant drifter. Opposites attract but will their differences tear them apart? Almost 50 years on, this now feels like a fascinatingly transitional picture. Day represents early 50s certainty while young punk Sinatra embodies the rebellion about to surface in East of Eden. Music unites them and Sinatra’s ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’ is worth the price of admission. Sinatra used his clout, possibly unwisely, to insist on a rewritten ending.

We had reserved a 16mm print of this film with the US archive, George Eastman House, but, due to a last-minute change in their loan policy, they can no longer supply the print. We will now screen the film from a DigiBeta (broadcast quality video) and can only apologise for any disappointment.

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