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As Young as You Feel (1951)

  • Rate: 6.6/10 total 430 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 11 April 1952 (France)
  • Runtime: 77 min
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As Young as You Feel (1951)

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  • IMDb page: As Young as You Feel (1951)
  • Rate: 6.6/10 total 430 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 11 April 1952 (France)
  • Runtime: 77 min
  • Director: Harmon Jones
  • Stars: Monty Woolley, Thelma Ritter and David Wayne|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Cyril J. Mockridge  (as Cyril Mockridge) 
  • Soundtrack: You Make Me Feel So Young
  • Sound Mix: Mono (Western Electric Recording)
  • Plot Keyword: Printing | Impostor | Forced Retirement | Secretary | Old Man

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Paddy Chayefsky  story
  • Lamar Trotti 

Known Trivia

  • On December 10, 1950, Marilyn Monroe began her second contractual relationship with Twentieth Century Fox. (Their initial association had lasted one year, beginning August 26, 1946.) This movie, shot between December 15, 1950 and late January 1951, was Marilyn’s first assignment under the new contract.
  • The term “Consolidated Motors” is said sixty-one times during this film.
  • It was during the production of this film that Marilyn Monroe met her future husband, Arthur Miller.

Plot: A 65-year-old printer hatches an elaborate scheme to avoid forced retirement. Full summary » |  »

Story: Sixty-five-year-old John Hodges must retire from Acme Printing. He later impersonates the president of the parent company and arrives at his old plant on an inspection tour. Acme president McKinley is so nervous not even his beautiful secretary Harriet can calm him. McKinley's wife Lucille becomes infatuated with Hodges. Many further complications ensue.Written by Ed Stephan <[email protected]>  

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Lamar Trotti known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Monty Woolley known as John R. Hodges
  • Thelma Ritter known as Della Hodges
  • David Wayne known as Joe Elliott
  • Jean Peters known as Alice Hodges
  • Constance Bennett known as Lucille McKinley
  • Marilyn Monroe known as Harriet
  • Allyn Joslyn known as George Hodges
  • Albert Dekker known as Louis McKinley
  • Clinton Sundberg known as Frank Erickson
  • Minor Watson known as Harold P. Cleveland
  • Wally Brown known as Horace Gallagher
  • Russ Tamblyn known as Willie McKinley (as Rusty Tamblyn)
  • Don Beddoe known as Head of Sales (uncredited)
  • Ralph Brooks known as Man at Chamber of Commerce Luncheon (uncredited)
  • Helen Brown known as Clancy – Cleveland's Secretary (uncredited)
  • Paul E. Burns known as Dick, Printer Co-Worker (uncredited)
  • Charles Cane known as Detective Rogell (uncredited)
  • Harry Cheshire known as President, Chamber of Commerce (uncredited)
  • David Clarke known as Cleveland's Chauffeur (uncredited)
  • Dick Cogan known as Benson (uncredited)
  • James Conaty known as Man at Chamber of Commerce Luncheon (uncredited)
  • Heinie Conklin known as Concert Extra Outside Auditorium (uncredited)
  • Charles J. Conrad known as Information Clerk (uncredited)
  • Robert Dudley known as Old Man on Park Bench (uncredited)
  • William Frambes known as Bellboy (uncredited)
  • Raymond Greenleaf known as Bill, Company Vice President (uncredited)
  • James Griffith known as Cashier (uncredited)
  • Sam Harris known as Man at Luncheon (uncredited)
  • Billy Lechner known as Mailboy (uncredited)
  • Hank Mann known as Man at Luncheon (uncredited)
  • Harry McKim known as Page Boy (uncredited)
  • Roger Moore known as Saltenstall (uncredited)
  • Forbes Murray known as Executive (uncredited)
  • William J. O'Brien known as Man at Luncheon (uncredited)
  • Renie Riano known as Harpist (uncredited)
  • Cosmo Sardo known as Man at Country Club Dance (uncredited)
  • Carol Savage known as Librarian (uncredited)
  • Harry Shannon known as Detective Kleinbaum (uncredited)
  • Gerald Oliver Smith known as McKinleys' Butler (uncredited)
  • Bert Stevens known as Man at Chamber of Commerce Luncheon (uncredited)
  • Houseley Stevenson known as Old Man on Park Bench (uncredited)
  • Ludwig Stössel known as Serge Toulevitsky – Conductor (uncredited)
  • Arthur Tovey known as Man on Train Platform (uncredited)
  • Emerson Treacy known as Ernest – Public Relations Head (uncredited)
  • Ann Tyrrell known as Cleveland's Secretary (uncredited)
  • Frank Wilcox known as Joe, Cleveland's Lawyer (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Ben Nye known as makeup artist




Production Companies:

  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation


  • Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (1951) (USA) (theatrical)
  • 20th Century Fox (1952) (France) (theatrical)
  • Fox Films (1953) (Finland) (theatrical)



Other Stuff

Release Date:
  • USA 15 June 1951 (Los Angeles, California)
  • USA 2 August 1951 (New York City, New York)
  • France 11 April 1952
  • Sweden 21 July 1952
  • Finland 12 June 1953
  • Austria 1955



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. theowinthrop from United States
    17 Jan 2013, 2:42 pm

    Monty Woolley’s film career has not had as much discussion as itdeserves. The one time head of Yale University’s Drama Department, andclose personal friend (possibly lover) of Cole Porter, had beeninvolved in Broadway for many years. He was, for example, in theoriginal cast of the Rodgers and Hart Musical ON YOUR TOES, as theRussian Ballet impresario who sings TOO GOOD FOR THE AVERAGE MAN. Healso made many film appearances in the 1930s, including the irascible,but eventually dumbfounded French judge in Mitchell Leisin’s MIDNIGHT.But his fame would come when he was starred in the original productionof THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, and subsequently was lucky enough torepeat his performance in the film version. Other film starring partswere his as well, such as THE PIED PIPER, and his pair of filmsco-starring Gracie Fields, HOLY MATRIMONY and MOLLY AND ME. But morefrequently he ended up in supporting parts (even in THE MAN WHO CAME TODINNER it was Bette Davis who was given the starring position in thecredits!). More typical of his later films was MISS TATLOCK’S MILLIONS,where he and Dan Tobin were two greedy uncles of "Schuyler Tatlock"(John Lund). A better (deeper) part was the Latin Scholar in THEBISHOP’S WIFE, who is going to write the greatest history of Rome sinceEdward Gibbon.

    The problem, for Woolley, was age. To an extent, in the early 1940s, hewas able to still play grouchy sorts who were not too old (say about50). But as the 1940s went forward, Woolley’s age became a handicap. Itwas harder and harder to find material for him where he was the star.

    Without a doubt his last starring role was as John Hodges, the 65 yearold printer who is forced by a company policy to retire while he isstill mentally and physically vigorous. Few films from Hollywood hadtackled the issue of aging. The best known one was Leo McCarey’s MAKEWAY FOR TOMORROW, with Victor Moore and Beulah Bondi, which remains aheartbreakingly sad film. But that was made in 1935. Except for anoccasional comment about aging in a film (like Berton Churchill’scomment to John Carridine not to heed his white hairs if he is hesitantto challenge Churchill to a fight in STAGECOACH), most of the moviesignored aging. Even before the 1960s and President Kennedy’s pushing acult of youth and vigor, Hollywood was pretty much doing the samething.

    So this is why AS YOUNG AS YOU FEEL is such an unusual film. BesidesWoolley getting one of the best parts of his career, it tackled arelatively taboo subject. Why talk about the inevitable that nobodylikes to think about – aging and weakening…and eventually death. It’sa downer in terms of a theme for a film (as McCarey’s movie hadbrilliantly shown). But in point of fact AS YOUNG AS YOU FEEL is thereverse side of the coin.

    Woolley is forced to retire from his firm, and is angry about it. Then,by chance, he is able to temporarily take over the media and town’sattention when he is mistaken for the multi-millionaire (Minor Watson)who has taken over the factory that retired Wooley. Being anintelligent man, his opinions get huge publicity and sweep the nation.Woolley stresses that the chronicle age of the individual does not meanthat he or she is to be put out to pasture, if he or she is capable offunctioning and contributing to society. Soon Woolley finds he is indemand everywhere due to his spunky philosophy. Watson, of course, isamazed at the error, but does not stop it – he finds that it isenhancing his own public image (after all, the media and the publicthink Woolley is Watson).

    At the same time, Woolley finds the masquerade is getting out of handin many ways. It is playing havoc with his grandson (David Wayne’s)career. It is also playing havoc with the family life of the manager ofthe factory (Albert Dekker and his wife Constance Bennett). So caughtup in the American dream of making a success of himself for his family,Dekker has distanced himself from his wife and son. Then Woolley showsup, and Bennett decides she wants to divorce her stodgy husband Deckerfor that lively old wire Woolley!

    It was a nicely written role (by Paddy Chayefsky)and Woolley did verywell in it. Ironically, despite the philosophical point of view in thefilm, the studio system ignored the message. Woolley never had anothergreat lead part after this film. His last memorable part was as anelderly adviser to the young Persian Monarch in the musical KISMET -not a really big part that.

    Ironically too, the film was one of a long string of early films thatMarilyn Monroe appeared in from 1949 (from LOVE HAPPY) to 1952 (theCary Grant – Ginger Rogers MONKEY BUSINESS). Monroe did well in most ofthese roles, and they gave her exposure, but even in the meatiest ones(CLASH BY NIGHT) she did not "star" in them. Yet Marilyn’s name meansso much to this day in film lore to the public, these early films areusually sold in "Marilyn Monroe" collections. The ever youthful, evertoo fragile Marilyn remains a Hollywood icon forty – four years afterher death in 1962. Monty Wooley died in 1963, but I doubt that ahundredth of the people who adore the memory of Marilyn ever thinkseriously about Monty and his best performances.

  2. aimless-46 from Kentucky
    17 Jan 2013, 2:42 pm

    "As Young As You Feel" is a modest budget early 50's B&W comedy. Whilethe creative people were experimenting with 'film noir' and'neo-realism', the studios were cranking out stuff like this for atraditional audience. This adaptation of a story by Paddy Chayefsky wasmade during the McCarthy years, so the social satire aspect could onlybe subtly subversive. The themes (balancing work and play, doing workthat gives you personal satisfaction, and maintaining your integrity)give the film a worthwhile message and are not delivered in anoverbearing manner.

    Monty Woolley (as John Hodges) carries the film as a printer who ispushed into retirement at age 65 and decides to impersonate thepresident of the holding company that owns the printing plant where heworked. This sets up a sort of 'Being There' effect, where his views onnational affairs become an inspiration to the whole country. DavidWayne (who would eventually play the Mad Hatter on "Batman") plays hisprospective son-in-law and their scenes are all gems, partly becausethey have a real chemistry and partly because they got the bestdialogue. The best scene is the opening, a very well staged scene ofthe company orchestra playing the "Nutcracker": the camera opens on apromotional poster, pans left and takes us into the concert hall as alittle girl scurries to her seat. The camera moves around in the crowdwhere we meet most of the main characters. Hodges is playing one of thepiccolos and he soon launches into an impromptu solo, much to theannoyance of the guest conductor and an accurate preview of what hisrole will be throughout the film.

    This film is fairly entertaining but is most valuable as a culturalartifact. Because it was not a high budget production the cast isalmost entirely older stars at the very end of their careers (likeWooley and Constance Bennett) and young actors at the beginning (Wayne,Jean Peters, and Marilyn Monroe). So there is a kind of torch passingat work. It is also hints at Monroe's special screen presence whichsomehow allowed her to beat the Hollywood starlet system. She andPeters were the same age (both were born in 1926) and had both startedtoo late in the movie business. By this film they had already lost allthe youthful luster of their early 20's (check out how much betterPeters looked two years earlier in 'It Happens Every Spring' and Monroebefore she became a blonde), yet Monroe was somehow able to transcendthis and become a big star.

    Arthur Miller said of Monroe: "She was rarely taken seriously asanything but a sex symbol. To have survived, she would have had to beeither more cynical or even further from reality than she was. Instead,she was a poet on a street corner trying to recite to a crowd pullingat her clothes."

  3. johnaquino from United States
    17 Jan 2013, 2:42 pm

    This film was indeed a mildly amusing comedy and one’s acceptance of itwill depend on one’s affection for Monty Wooley. But I was fascinatedby the credits. It’s part of the feel-good type of movies of the early1950s. The story is by a young Paddy Chakevsky, who would later writeMarty, A Catered Affair, The Goddess, The Americanization of Emily,Hospital, Network, and Altered States, and the screenplay is by LamarTrotti, who wrote the screenplays for John Ford’s Young Mr. Lincoln andDrums Along the Mohawk, for Ox Bow Incident, and won the screenplayOscar for Wilson in 1944. A lot of talent in a thimble. It might beinteresting to compare this screenplay to their other works forsimilarities. Chakevsky’s work later became sharp and hard and evenbitter. But his Marty, Catered Affair, and maybe even this show agentle, humorous side. Trotti would die the next year, so this is oneof his last screenplays

  4. planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida
    17 Jan 2013, 2:42 pm

    This is among my favorite "little movies"–movies that were smallbudget and about everyday people with everyday problems. The lead isplayed by the crotchety but very erudite Monty Woolley. Monty is forcedto retire from his job as a printer due to his age, even though hestill feels young and vigorous. Everyone around him seems to agree thatretirement shouldn't be forced upon you if you are still able andwilling to work, but no one in this large company where he works seemsto be able to anything about this rule–especially since the company isactually controlled by a huge corporation. They just keep saying it'scompany policy and they would change it if they could–maybe he shouldtalk the the guy in charge to get the rule changed someone suggests.Unfortunately, no one seems to know exactly who that is or how to findhim. Out of sheer frustration, he hatches a plot to impersonate thecompany's CEO and make the changes himself! Unfortunately, thisrelatively simple plan snowballs and lots of unforeseen problems arise.

    This is a brisk, cute movie that it sure to please. The acting issuperb (I just love Woolley in films), the story well written and thefilm leaves you smiling.

    PS–Get Marilyn Monroe OFF the Video Cover!!! She's barely in the movieat all–if you expect her, expect to be disappointed. Stupidadvertising folks!

  5. Neil Doyle from U.S.A.
    17 Jan 2013, 2:42 pm

    This is one of those conventional comedies of the '50s in which therighteous triumph over big bad corporate America, with MONTY WOOLLEY asa man who becomes indignant when forced to retire and goes abouthatching a plan to draw attention to the subject of forced retirement.

    The theme isn't conventional, but the treatment is. Woolley gets tostrut his stuff in scene after scene until the point becomes so obviousthat you're willing to watch others in the cast who seem to be watchinghim on the sidelines. And there are some new faces to watch. DavidWAYNE, JEAN PETERS, RUSS TAMBLYN and newcomer MARILYN MONROE, whoalready had such a publicity build-up from Fox that many flocked to seethe film because Marilyn was in it. She has a small, but choice role,as a curvy secretary who knows her effect on men. She shines (glows isa better word) in a charming small role.

    If you're a Monty Woolley fan and like his particular style of emoting(acid-tongued and quick witted most of the time), you'll enjoy this,although it's certain a lesser work considering that it was written byPaddy Cheyefsky, who was then at the height of his writing powers.

  6. blanche-2 from United States
    17 Jan 2013, 2:42 pm

    Monty Woolley believes you're as "Young as You Feel" in this 1951 filmalso starring Thelma Ritter, David Wayne, Jean Peters, Allyn Joslyn,Russ Tamblyn, Albert Dekker, Constance Bennett and Marilyn Monroe.

    Woolley plays John Hodges, who at the age of 65, is fired from his jobin a printing company due to corporate policy that no one can work past65. Many baby boomers wish that were the case today, because in fact,they'll be working way past 65. He finds out that the company he worksfor is a subsidiary of a huge company that is owned by a hugecorporation. Finding out the name of the President of that hugecorporation, he dies his hair and whiskers and poses as the man, comesto town, tours the plant, and makes a speech in which he declares thatthe knowledge of our elders is critical in printing, and changes thepolicy.

    And there the fun begins. The boss' wife (Constance Bennett), feelingunloved by her husband (Dekker), falls for Hodges; his granddaughter'sboyfriend (Wayne) recognizes him and tells someone else at the plant;and the corporation doesn't know what to do. This fake president hasraised their stock and given them a fabulous profile, so much so thatthe labor union has settled their grievances with them. How can theycall his bluff? I seem to have enjoyed this film more than some of theother posters. Thelma Ritter, as John's daughter-in-law, is a scream.An ex-singer who gave up her career to marry George (Joslyn), John'sson, sings "Temptation" while in the kitchen – she's hilarious. Woolleyis great as an older man not ready to be put out to pasture, and it'swonderful to see one of the great stars of the '30s, Constance Bennett,in a later role.

    This film is remembered today as early Marilyn Monroe. She plays theboss' sexy secretary, and she does a wonderful job. It's a small role,but you can definitely see that she, Peters, who plays thegranddaughter, and David Wayne are all getting the star buildup and areeach at different stages of it. Monroe was just about to break through,and she and Wayne would appear together in "How to Marry a Millionaire"(where he says, "I already think you're quite a strudel.") Entertainingand definitely worth seeing.

  7. MARIO GAUCI ([email protected]) from Naxxar, Malta
    17 Jan 2013, 2:42 pm

    Though released on DVD as part of Fox's "Marilyn Monroe Collection",her role – playing the spirited, though obviously dumb, secretary at aprinting factory headed by Albert Dekker – is actually very brief. Thefilm is an amusing, Capraesque comedy about 65 year-old printer MontyWoolley who refuses to accept the age imposition which sends him intoretirement. The plot involves him impersonating the President of thecorporation which owns the factory, paying them an unexpected visit andmaking a speech in which he retracts the current policy – thus enablingWoolley the printer to get back his job! Complications arise when DavidWayne (fiancé of Woolley's niece Jean Peters), who also works at thefactory, recognizes him – but also with the attentions given Woolley byDekker's neglected wife Constance Bennett. The film features a solidsupporting cast which includes Allyn Joslyn (as Woolley's son), ThelmaRitter (as his wife, who's proud of her Brooklyn origins), ClintonSundberg (as Wayne's ambitious colleague at the plant who could blowWoolley's cover at any moment), Minor Watson (as the real President ofthe conglomerate) and a young Russ Tamblyn (playing Dekker andBennett's confused son). It's a pleasant enough diversion – adapted byLamar Trotti from a Paddy Chayefsky(!) story – given Fox's typicallypolished (if fluffy) treatment.

  8. Typing_away from USA
    17 Jan 2013, 2:42 pm

    This is a likeable little comedy/drama. It has a good cast, and a fairlyinteresting plot. One thing, though. The movie jacket for "As Young AsYouFeel" has a large photo of Marilyn Monroe and her name is printed on thetop. Don’t let that fool you, though. Marilyn only has a small part inthis movie, portraying a secretary, although she makes the most of herscenes.

  9. Brian Ellis from Chantilly, VA
    17 Jan 2013, 2:42 pm

    Seeing that this was adapted from a story by Paddy Chayefsky, I expected alittle more venom. But I guess this is before Chayefsky startedsharpeninghis pen. At the end of the film when a good jab at big business could begiven, all we get was something along the lines of make sure you enjoyyourwork. It didn’t quite convince my wife as she was rooting for MontyWoolleyto do the opposite. Woolley does a splendid job as John Hodges but truthbetold, he played these type of characters many times before. Also notableisMarilyn Monroe in a small role but already stealing her everyscene.

  10. allaboutlana from United States
    17 Jan 2013, 2:42 pm

    Like "Let's Make It Legal," this is another example of a stepping stonein the career of Marilyn Monroe. But, this succeeds where "Legal"doesn't. It focuses on a 65-year-old man who's been laid off due tocompany policy (in a bookbinding company) that prevents employees fromworking once they turn 65. Naturally, Monty Woolley doesn't take kindlyto being put out to pasture. He's still young and fit as a fiddle. Hepromptly comes up with an idea to change company policy (just how I'mnot telling) and in so doing, shaking things up. "As Young As You Feel"boasts a great cast with David Wayne, Jean Peters, Thelma Ritter, AllynJoslyn, Albert Dekker, Russ Tamblyn, and Constance Bennett, whoexceptionally plays Dekker's wife, who needs to feel loved andappreciated. A great movie vehicle for Monty Woolley, this film is fun,innovative, charming and leaves you feeling younger than when youstarted it.

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