Young and Willing (1943)

82-83 mins | Comedy-drama | 5 February 1943

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Out of the Frying Pan . Florence MacMichael recreated her stage role for this film. According to HR news items, Paul Jones was slated to produce, Mercedes Hughes was considered for a role in this film, and female wrestlers Valda Raymond and Cleo Drakes were cast in the film. Raymond and Drakes's appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. In 1942, Paramount sold the distribution rights to a group of films to United Artists; this film, which bore the name "Cinema Guild Productions" in the opening credits, was included in that ... More Less

The working title of this film was Out of the Frying Pan . Florence MacMichael recreated her stage role for this film. According to HR news items, Paul Jones was slated to produce, Mercedes Hughes was considered for a role in this film, and female wrestlers Valda Raymond and Cleo Drakes were cast in the film. Raymond and Drakes's appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. In 1942, Paramount sold the distribution rights to a group of films to United Artists; this film, which bore the name "Cinema Guild Productions" in the opening credits, was included in that package. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
10-Oct-42
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Daily Variety
11 Feb 43
p. 3.
Film Daily
18 Feb 43
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jul 41
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Oct 41
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Nov 41
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Nov 41
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Feb 42
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Feb 43
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
13 Feb 43
p. 34.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
20 Feb 43
p. 1170.
Variety
10 Feb 43
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Cost
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr clerk
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Out of the Frying Pan by Francis Swann (New York, 11 Feb 1941).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Out Of the Frying Pan
Release Date:
5 February 1943
Production Date:
10 November--late December 1941
Copyright Claimant:
United Artists Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
22 October 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11966
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
82-83
Length(in feet):
7,494
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7920
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Norman Reese, George Bodell, Tony Dennison, Marge and Kate Benson and Dottie Coburn are struggling actors sharing a New York apartment, which the wealthy Dottie pays for with an allowance from her father. They have been rehearsing a murder-mystery play that their scatterbrained landlady, Mrs. Garnet, found in the building and hope to use it to get the attention of their neighbor, Broadway producer Arthur Kenny. Kenny, however, has taken an apartment in the old building so that he can secretly pursue his true avocation, gourmet cooking. One day, Dottie's straightlaced cousin, Muriel Foster, visits and, shocked by her relative's living arrangements, contacts Dottie's father, who comes to see how his daughter is spending her allowance. Although Norman and George, followers of the Stanislavsky acting method, leave the apartment temporarily while Mr. Coburn visits, Tony, who is secretly married to Marge, is unaware of the situation and arrives home after visiting the draft board and strips down to his underwear. Mr. Coburn is shocked by the unusual living arrangements and, after Marge reveals that she is pregnant, he insists that Dottie return home with him in a couple of days. Believing that their survival depends on Kenny, Dottie convinces him to watch their rehearsal, and he realizes that they are enacting the play he had written years ago when he first lived in the building, but lost when Mrs. Garnet evicted him. Kenny insists that they return the script, but Norman pretends to have lost it and convinces the producer to record the play on his dictaphone while they perform it. Muriel promises to fix things with Mr. Coburn so that Dottie, who is in love with ... +


Norman Reese, George Bodell, Tony Dennison, Marge and Kate Benson and Dottie Coburn are struggling actors sharing a New York apartment, which the wealthy Dottie pays for with an allowance from her father. They have been rehearsing a murder-mystery play that their scatterbrained landlady, Mrs. Garnet, found in the building and hope to use it to get the attention of their neighbor, Broadway producer Arthur Kenny. Kenny, however, has taken an apartment in the old building so that he can secretly pursue his true avocation, gourmet cooking. One day, Dottie's straightlaced cousin, Muriel Foster, visits and, shocked by her relative's living arrangements, contacts Dottie's father, who comes to see how his daughter is spending her allowance. Although Norman and George, followers of the Stanislavsky acting method, leave the apartment temporarily while Mr. Coburn visits, Tony, who is secretly married to Marge, is unaware of the situation and arrives home after visiting the draft board and strips down to his underwear. Mr. Coburn is shocked by the unusual living arrangements and, after Marge reveals that she is pregnant, he insists that Dottie return home with him in a couple of days. Believing that their survival depends on Kenny, Dottie convinces him to watch their rehearsal, and he realizes that they are enacting the play he had written years ago when he first lived in the building, but lost when Mrs. Garnet evicted him. Kenny insists that they return the script, but Norman pretends to have lost it and convinces the producer to record the play on his dictaphone while they perform it. Muriel promises to fix things with Mr. Coburn so that Dottie, who is in love with Norman, can remain in New York, and they allow her to take the part of a corpse in the play. Because she cannot keep still, however, they put some of Marge's medicine in a glass of water Muriel requests and she falls unconscious. When the police arrive to investigate neighbors' complaints about an apparent murder taking place, they discover that Muriel has been drugged and Dottie's father angrily refuses to let her remain with her friends. A couple of days later, Mr. Coburn is still insisting that Dottie leave, and Kenny replays the tape for the rest of the group. The roommates realize that their poor acting is laughable and they are hopeless until Kenny hires them for an actual production of the play, which he recognizes is now burlesque, and insists that Dottie be cast because she is a true comedienne. Meanwhile, heartbroken Dottie, who is about to leave New York, escapes from her father and returns home to a happy Norman, who suddenly realizes that he has fallen in love with her. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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