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Her First Beau (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 8 May 1941 (USA)
15-year-old Penelope (Penny) Wood has two great interests - Chuck Harris and the hope that some day she might become a famous,great writer. Chuck also has two interests - his home-made ... See full summary »


Theodore Reed


Gladys Lehman (screenplay), Karen DeWolf (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Jane Withers ... Penelope 'Penny' Wood
Jackie Cooper ... Chuck Harris
Edith Fellows ... Milly Lou
Josephine Hutchinson ... Mrs. Wood
William Tracy ... Mervyn Roberts
Martha O'Driscoll ... Julie Harris
Edgar Buchanan ... Elmer Tuttle
Kenneth Howell ... Roger Van Vleck
Una O'Connor ... Effie
Jonathan Hale ... Mr. Harris
Addison Richards ... Dr. Tom Wood


15-year-old Penelope (Penny) Wood has two great interests - Chuck Harris and the hope that some day she might become a famous,great writer. Chuck also has two interests - his home-made glider and the hope that some day he will go to Tech college. His indifference to Penny is her chief source of annoyance. Mervyn Roberts, Penny's uncle who is only five years older than she is, arrives home with a guest, Roger Van Vleck, and Penny falls for Roger's sophistication. Chuck, resentful, continues to work on his glider over his father's objections. His father wants it destroyed but Elmer Tuttle, their hired man, hides it. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Youth having its fun-filled fling at romance (original print ad) See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

8 May 1941 (USA) See more »

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June Mad See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on October 27, 1941 with Jackie Cooper, Jane Withers and 'Edith Fellows' reprising their film roles. See more »


This Is Love
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Lew Brown
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What Do Kids Know?
2 July 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Well, they know how they feel. Jane Withers is fifteen and can't make up her mind whether she wants to be a great dancer or a great writer. Whatever it is, her parents don't take her seriously. Next-door neighbor Jackie Cooper does, but he wants to be an aviations engineer, which his father doesn't take seriously. He wants to destroy the glider that Jackie has built before he breaks his neck in it. So when Jane's uncle, William Tracy, who's all of four years older than she is, brings his self-confident friend from college, Kenneth Howell home, Jane thinks she's in love. Howell plays along, then breaks her heart for Jackie's very pretty sister, Martha O'Driscoll.

It's one of those mean-spirited comedies which makes fun of adolescents because they desperately want to be adults, but don't know how. The performances are quite good within the context of the script, particular by the adults: Josephine Hutchinson and Addison Richards as Miss Withers' warm and wise parents, and Jonathan Hale as Cooper's father, who gives orders and is surprised when they aren't obeyed. Fans of the actors will be glad to add another appearance to their lists, but the movie doesn't cover itself in glory.

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