Starring Jeanne Crain, Glenn Langan, Lynn Bari, Alan Young, Barbara Lawrence, Conrad Janis, Hattie McDaniel
Compelling. Innocent. Sweet.
Professor Fontayne: I was just looking for Keats. Do you like Keats?
Margie: I don’t know, sir. What are keats?
As Margie (Crain) sits in her attic sifting through old memorabilia with her teenage daughter, she seems to have it all together, but it wasn’t always this way. She tells her daughter the story of her time in high school when she was an awkward, insecure girl and struggling with her feelings for three men/ potential suitors. There’s the cool boy in school, Johnny (Janis), her loyal friend, Roy (Young), and the handsome new teacher all the girls in school fawn over, Professor Fontayne (Langan). Perhaps the inspiration for Ryan Reynolds’ Definitely, Maybe, Margie manages to build a light suspense over who the heroine will end up with. It’s very syrupy and old-fashioned but I believe most people including myself enjoy that in older films.
-Walter Tyrone Howard-