“The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer” is both comforting and uncomfortable at the same time. The plot revolves around an artist (Cary Grant) that has this whole town wrapped around his finger until the local judge (Myrna Loy) sentences him to be the boyfriend of her 17-year old sister (Shirley Temple). While the film never crosses any lines, there’s just something about Shirley Temple infatuated with Cary Grant that rubs me the wrong way, especially when Temple and Loy are supposed to be sisters. The film is at its best when Myrna Loy’s strict, no-nonsense judge starts falling for the free-loving bachelor and the hilarity that ensues. While the ending feels a bit rushed and forced, this is ultimately a harmless screwball comedy.
Final Grade: B