Saturday, April 25, 2009
Young at Heart (1954)
Do not be fooled by Doris Day's cheeriness, nor by her silly songs on the beach. Do not be fooled by the light-heartedness of three sisters playing music in the parlor and laughing about men. This movie is actually dark and tortured. The Tuttle sisters are all so happy in their lovely Connecticut home, playing music with their father, having witty conversations with Aunt Jessie (Ethel Barrymore), and laughing about their men. When a composer named Alex arrives to stay, all is still happy and frivolous. Even the fact that all three sisters fall for Alex does not seem serious. But enter Barney (Frank Sinatra), a troubled pianist, and all goes downhill fast. Lori Tuttle (Doris Day) ditching Alex at the alter to run off with Barney is only the beginning of the horrifying drama. Oh, one star. I was annoyed with this movie and the characters long before it got dark. The star is because Frank Sinatra sings multiple songs. I will not see this again, but I am curious about the 1938 movie Four Daughters, of which this movie was apparently a remake.