You're Never Too Young

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You’re Never Too Young
Directed by Norman Taurog
Screenplay by Sidney Sheldon
Based onSunny Goes Home
(1921 story in The Saturday Evening Post
by Fannie Kilbourne
Connie Goes Home
(1923 play) by Edward Childs Carpenter
Produced by Paul Jones
Starring Dean Martin
Jerry Lewis
Diana Lynn
Nina Foch
Raymond Burr
Cinematography Daniel L. Fapp
Edited by Archie Marshek
Music by Walter Scharf
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • August 25, 1955 (1955-08-25)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$3.4 million (US) [1]
2,202,595 admissions (France) [2]

You’re Never Too Young is a 1955 American semi-musical comedy film directed by Norman Taurog and starring the team of Martin and Lewis and co-starring Diana Lynn, Nina Foch, and Raymond Burr. It was released on August 25, 1955 by Paramount Pictures. [3]



A valuable diamond is stolen at a Los Angeles hotel and a man guarding it is killed. The thief, Noonan, hides it from police, first in the jacket of a customer, Bob Miles, and then in the pocket of a barber's apprentice, Wilbur Hoolick.

Wilbur, boarding a train to go home to Blitzen, Washington, pretends to be an eleven-year-old in order to purchase a ticket for half price. Noonan sits beside him, still trying to retrieve the stolen jewel. Wilbur gets the impression that the thief is a jealous husband. He hides in the compartment of Nancy Collins, a teacher at a private girls' school. Feeling sorry for "young" Wilbur traveling alone, she allows him to stay there for the duration of the train ride.

During a stop-over, Gretchen Brendan, the jealous daughter of the school's headmistress, boards the train and finds out that Nancy is sharing her compartment with "a man." Gretchen hurries to the school to let Nancy's fiancee, Bob, in on this news, then tries to get Nancy dismissed. In order to protect Nancy's job and reputation, Wilbur must continue the charade of pretending to be a child. He accompanies "Aunt Nancy" to the all-girl school. The jewel thief follows them.

Along the way, Wilbur falls in love with Nancy, although she still thinks of him as a little boy. Noonan pretends to be Wilbur's father and regains possession of the diamond. But the police have arrived and a speedboat chase ensues. In the end, the thief is captured and Wilbur's identity is revealed. Nancy still loves Bob, but he is off to join the Army and discovers that Wilbur is his barber.



You're Never Too Young was filmed from October 18 to December 27, 1954. This film is a gender-swapped remake of another Paramount film, The Major and the Minor (1942), directed by Billy Wilder — his first American film as director — and co-written by Wilder and Charles Brackett. Both films were adapted from the play Connie Goes Home by Edward Childs Carpenter.

Diana Lynn previously appeared with Martin and Lewis in their first film, My Friend Irma (1949), as well as its sequel, My Friend Irma Goes West (1950). She is also featured in The Major and the Minor, which You're Never Too Young is based on.


In 1964, Paramount re-released You're Never Too Young with another Martin and Lewis film, The Caddy (1953).

Home media

The film was included on a five-film DVD set, the Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Collection: Volume Two, released on June 5, 2007.

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  1. 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955', Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956
  2. Box Office information for film in France at Box Office Story
  3. "You're Never Too Young". Turner Classic Movies . Atlanta: Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner). Retrieved September 5, 2016.