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Young and Willing (1942)





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Out of the Frying Pan, Francis Swann's perennial community-theatre favorite, came to the screen under the title Young and Willing. It's the unrealistic but funny account of young, aspiring actors combining their resources in hopes of keeping the wolf from the door. The girls and three boys move into the same apartment-a definite no-no in 1943-hoping to keep the landlady (Mabel Paige) in the dark until they can break into the Big Time. When famed Broadway producer Arthur Kenny (Robert Benchley) moves into the apartment below theirs, our heroes and heroines work overtime to curry Kenny's favor. The male leads are played by William Holden, Eddie Bracken and James Brown, with Bracken coming off as the most entertaining of the three: the girls are portrayed by Susan Hayward, Martha O'Driscoll and Barbara Britton, all on the verge of bigger and better things. Young and Willing was one of a group of Paramount films sold outright to United Artists in 1942-43. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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William Holden
as Norman Reese
Susan Hayward
as Kate Benson
Eddie Bracken
as George Bodell
Robert Benchley
as Arthur Kenny
Martha O'Driscoll
as Dottie Coburn
Barbara Britton
as Marge Benson
Mabel Paige
as Mrs. Garnet
Florence MacMichael
as Muriel Foster
James Brown (II)
as Tony Dennison
Jay Fassett
as Mr. Coburn
Billy Bevan
as Phillips
Barbara Slater
as Performer
Laurie Douglas
as Performer
Blanche Grady
as Performer
Lynda Grey
as Performer
Judith Gibson
as Performer
Cheryl Walker
as Performer
Fay Helm
as Miss Harris
William Cabanne
as Soda Jerk
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