Monday, 4 January 2016

As Young As You Feel (1951)

A man with extremely impressive whiskers loses his job when he reaches the mandatory retirement age for all employees of the Consolidated Motors group.  Which surprises him, because he doesn't work for them, but for Acme Printing.

When he investigates, however, he discovers that Acme is a subsidiary of a subsidiary of a subsidiary of a subsidiary of a subsidiary of a subsidiary of CM.  He resolves to write a letter to the president of Consolidated Motors, asking them to change the policy and allow older employees who are still willing and able to work to continue to do so.

Which is when he discovers that no-one in Acme's personnel department can even tell him who the president of CM even is.

And so, a simple scheme is born: to impersonate the president of CM and persuade the executives of Acme to change their policy, so he can have his own job back.  There's no way that could possibly get out of hand, right?

This is a mostly good-natured comedy that does not take itself too seriously.  It's also another film in this boxed set where Monroe has a fairly minor role - she plays the secretary of Acme's CEO - but she does well with the relatively limited time she's given.

Barring some of the old-fashioned social attitudes that you can expect from a film of this era, As Young As You Feel is a pleasant little romp.  The lightest of light entertainment, and a total cinematic souffle, but sometimes that's exactly what you want out of a film.

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