|Too Young to Kiss|
|Directed by||Robert Z. Leonard|
|Produced by||Sam Zimbalist|
|Story by||Everett Freeman|
|Music by||Johnny Green|
|Edited by||Conrad A. Nervig|
|Distributed by||Loew's Inc.|
|Box office||$2.3 million|
Too Young to Kiss (also All Too Young)is a 1951 American comedy film from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer starring Van Johnson and June Allyson. The film, in which the 34-year-old Allyson's Cynthia Potter masquerades as a 14-year-old child prodigy, was directed by Robert Z. Leonard. The monaural, black-and-white film clocks in at 91 minutes long. The film, which earned 164% of its budget, received mixed critical reviews.
Cynthia Potter is a skilled pianist trying to catch the eye of concert promoter Eric Wainwright. Wainwright, however, is currently only looking for young talent. To meet his criteria, Potter (in her 20s), masquerades as her own fictional younger sister, a 14-year-old "Molly" Potter. Wainwright is captivated by Molly's skills, and as the two work together, Wainwright develops a paternal affectation towards the young performer, while Potter cultivates an incompatible romantic attraction to the promoter.
At the box office, Too Young to Kiss earned US$2.3 million on a budget of $1.4M (equivalent to about $22.7M and $13.8M respectively in 2019).
The Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported that Too Young to Kiss was critically acclaimed. ' Bosley Crowther however, was unimpressed with Allyson and Johnson's adolescent antics and the excessive suspension of disbelief required.Hal Erickson described the film as "fluff", and noted that despite retreading 1942's The Major and the Minor , Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett's scriptwriting kept the material "fresh and funny throughout". On a four-star scale, Leonard Maltin rated the film at 2.5 stars, calling Allyson's Potter "fetching". The New York Times
Five people who worked on Too Young to Kiss were nominated for film awards, with only Allyson winning hers.
|9th Golden Globe Awards||February 21, 1952||Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical||June Allyson||Won|
|24th Academy Awards||March 20, 1952||Best Black and White Art Direction||Art direction: Cedric Gibbons & Paul Groesse |
Set decoration: Jack D. Moore & Edwin B. Willis
Too Young to Kiss premiered in New York on November 22, 1951, and was distributed by Loew's Inc.In 2015, the film was available on DVD.
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