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Young Man with Ideas (1952)





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The Young Man with Ideas in this MGM production is idealistic lawyer Maxwell Webster (Glenn Ford). Too self-effacing for his own good, Webster vegetates in Montana with his wife Julie (Ruth Roman) and children for nearly 10 years before starting life anew in California. Living penuriously while studying for his California bar exam, Webster tries out several moneymaking schemes, most of which come acropper. Along the way, he inadvertently gets involved with a bookie ring, culminating in a climactic courtroom scene wherein Webster defends himself -- and surprise, he doesn't have a fool for a client. In typical Hollywood fashion, the script requires the talented Ruth Roman to express jealousy when a brace of lovely females played by Nina Foch and Denise Darcel briefly set their caps for the ingenuous Glenn Ford. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Glenn Ford
as Maxwell Webster
Ruth Roman
as Julie Webster
Denise Darcel
as Dorianne Gray
Nina Foch
as Joyce Laramie
Donna Corcoran
as Caroline Webster
Ray Collins
as Edmund Jethrow
Mary Wickes
as Mrs. Gilpin
Bobby Diamond
as Willis Gilpin
Sheldon Leonard
as Brick Davis
Dick Wessel
as Eddie Tasling
Carl Milletaire
as Tux Cullery
Curtis Cooksey
as Judge Jennings
Fay Roope
as Kyle Thornhill
John Call
as Bushy-Haired Man
Nadene Ashdown
as Susan Webster
Wilton Graff
as Mr. Cardy
Martha Wentworth
as Mrs. Hammerty
Selmer Jackson
as Merritt Crayton - Attorney (uncredited)
Jean Acker
as Party Guest
Bess Flowers
as Party Guest
Isabel Randolph
as Party Guest
Emmett Vogan
as Party Guest
Will Wright
as Party Guest
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The movie's humor is derived from Leisen's knowing how to keep his people fairly smart in dumb situations, sensitive in slapstick scenes, and just selfish enough when they are being their most virtuous.

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