Although quite popular upon its initial release, Our Hearts Were Young and Gay has pretty much faded into obscurity over the intervening decades. This is a shame, for while Hearts is by no means a great movie, it is a very pleasant one. While Hearts definitely has its moments when it gets a bit too sticky-sweet and when the scent of nostalgia becomes overwhelming, for the most part it is a charming little film -- one that might almost be described as "cozy." The plot is filled with incidents that in later years would not be out of place on a standard sitcom, and the episodic nature of the film causes the pace to lag in several spots, but overall Hearts is a genial and amiable affair. Lewis Allen's direction is workmanlike but efficient, and he is fortunate to have a very solid cast. Gail Russell and Diana Lynn fit their parts like a pair of proper white gloves. If Bill Edwards is a bit stiff, there's professional support from Dorothy Gish, Charlie Ruggles, Alma Kruger and Beulah Bondi to make up for it.
by Craig Butler review