Enjoyable, if routine, Deanna Durbin fare.
Alice’s (Durbin) father is a rich newspaper publisher. Young Ken (Jackie Cooper) has a crush on her and she is the inspiration and star of a show he is staging to raise money for the Boy Scouts. Ace reporter Vincent Bullitt (Melvyn Douglas) has just returned from covering the Spanish Civil War. Alice’s father has ordered him to spend a few weeks at the family manse to write articles about the European situation before setting off for China. This is ruining the teens’ rehearsal plans so they conspire to drive him out. Before they can, Alice becomes infatuated with Vincent and wants him to stay forever.
This is an OK light comedy with some OK musical numbers. It’s fun to see Jackie Cooper at this age. Not a bad watch for Deanna Durbin fans.
That Certain Age received Academy Award nominations in the categories Best Original Song (“My Own” by Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson) and Best Sound Recording.
Clip – Durbin singing “My Own”