Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour (1942)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Run Time - 72 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Adenoidal teenager Henry Aldrich (James Lydon) "gets glamour" when he wins first prize in a movie-magazine contest. Before he quite knows what's happening, Henry is whisked to Hollywood for a date with glamorous "sarong girl" Hilary Dane (Frances Gifford). All of this coincides with a local scandal, innocently fomented by our hero, which threatens the election of Henry's father Sam (John Litel) to the office of public welfare commissioner. The plot is resolved at the end when Hilary Dane, for reasons of her own, shows up as Henry's date at a country club dance, an act which somehow vindicates Sam Aldrich (the plot makes much more sense on screen than on print!) In addition to the lissome Frances Gifford, Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour showcases such promising starlets as Diana Lynn and Gail Russell. An unbilled Johnny Arthur earns some of the film's biggest laughs as a prissy publicity agent.

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chance, contest, country-club, dance [art], dating, daughter, fantasy, father, glamour, high-school, invitation, letter, magazine, office, politician, prize, reality, scandal, school, stars [celebrities], superintendent, surprise, teenagers, town, trip, USO, winner, writing