Film review by Jennifer McClear, library technician at the Peapack-Gladstone branch
Cary Grant plays Johnny Case, a man before his time. Young, full of life, honest, and knows what he wants while not being afraid to go after it. Did I mention he does back flips as a way of releasing nervous energy?
Then there’s Doris Nolan who plays Julia Seton, a daddy’s girl, who isn’t afraid to charm daddy into getting what she wants and becomes slightly whimsical when he gives in. The question remains as to whether she can bend Johnny to her every whim? Will he ever get a haircut or change that tie?
Let’s not forget Katharine Hepburn as Linda Seton, the free-spirited sister — ever loyal to Julia but also dubs herself “the black sheep of the family.” Linda stays true to herself in spite of other family members ignoring her or otherwise frowning down on her behavior.
When Johnny is introduced to father, he begins his inquisition by naming important people that Johnny might know. Johnny then proceeds to give his life story which also includes a wish to see the world before sitting behind a desk and getting tied down to a career. Both Julia and father are surprised at such delusions of grandeur. Both hope that with time, Johnny will come around and embrace their very well-to-do lifestyle. As the movie continues, we get a glimpse into Linda’s view of things as well as brother Ned’s (Lew Ayres) subtle rebellion toward their father and loyalty to Linda.
Will Johnny compromise his dreams for his love of Julia or will he stay true to himself and do more back flips? Does Linda find herself set free of her caged life or will she stay loyal to her sister?
I had become so invested in the storyline and characters that when the end credits came up, I was left perplexed. How could they do that to me? I wanted more.