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Young at Heart (1954) was a Drama - Musical Film directed by Gordon Douglas and produced by Henry Blanke.

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Young at Heart (Gordon Douglas, 1954)

By Judy on Dec 1, 2013 From Movie Classics

It must be a daunting prospect to step into a role which another actor has already made his own. But Frank Sinatra did it at least twice, in musical remakes of much-loved movies. In High Society he took on the role which had won James Stewart an Oscar in The Philadelphia Story, and a couple of years... Read full article


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Laurie Tuttle: All I know is there's a straight jacket waiting on you with your number.


Alex Burke: How about the big build up you were gonna give me?
Gregory Tuttle: I changed my mind.
Alex Burke: Oh, aren't you gonna mention my talent? We talked about it all the way home, remember?
Gregory Tuttle: All they have to do is look at you to know you have no talent.


Laurie Tuttle: When you consider that you get older every single day when you wake up, it can tempt one to rush into decisions a little!


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This film is a remake of Four Daughters in which the character played by John Garfield dies. Frank Sinatra plays the character in this film, but Sinatra refused to accept the role unless the film was rewritten so that the character lives. Doris Day wrote that Sinatra put it on a take-me-or-leave-me basis. After many hectic conferences, the producers caved in and changed the ending to satisfy Sinatra.
While making this film, Frank Sinatra took an almost immediate dislike to Doris Day's husband, Martin Melcher, thought that Melcher was "using" her to get ahead in the movie business and tried to convince Day of that fact. When Day refused to listen to Sinatra's advice, he had Melcher banned from the set. After Melcher's death in 1968, it was discovered that he had squandered all the money Day had earned during her 20-year film career.
Ethel Barrymore was very old and feeble during the filming and spent most of her time between takes in a wheelchair. She was not crippled but was getting frail and had to conserve her energy for her onscreen performance. Frank Sinatra threw a surprise birthday party for her on the set, a gesture that clearly moved and touched her.
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