Too Young to Kiss (1951)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Comedy  |   Release Date - Nov 22, 1951 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Can it be that June Allyson is Too Young to Kiss in this bit of MGM fluff? Well, not really. Pianist Cynthia Potter (Allyson) is well into her 20s, but she's posing as a 14-year-old musical prodigy. It's part of her desperate effort to become a client of highly selective concert-promoter Eric Wainwright (Van Johnson), who is only hiring "young" performers. Wainwright falls for Cynthia's subterfuge, building a huge promotional campaign predicated upon his new protégé's "youth." He even adopts a fatherly attitude towards Cynthia, who would prefer that their relationship be a bit more intimate. Though it may seem to be a rehash of the 1943 comedy The Major and the Minor, Too Young to Kiss remains fresh and funny throughout, thanks to the script-writing know-how of Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett. Ironically, Allyson was thirty-four when this film was shot.

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audition, child, con/scam, concert, deception, disguise, identity, impersonation, impressario, love, marriage, music, piano, prodigy, romance, scheme, seduction, trick, youth