Too Young to Kiss

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Too Young to Kiss
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Robert Z. Leonard
Produced by Sam Zimbalist
Written by Frances Goodrich
and Albert Hackett
Story by Everett Freeman
Starring June Allyson
Van Johnson
Music by Johnny Green
(musical direction)
Cinematography Joseph Ruttenberg, A.S.C.
Edited by Conrad A. Nervig, A.C.E.
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • November 22, 1951 (1951-11-22) (United States)
Running time
91 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1.4 million[1]
Box office $2.3 million[1]

Too Young to Kiss is a 1951 American romantic comedy film directed by Robert Z. Leonard and starring June Allyson and Van Johnson.[2] It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction (Cedric Gibbons, Paul Groesse, Edwin B. Willis, Jack D. Moore).[3] For her performance in the film, Allyson received the 1951 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.


Eric Wainwright (Van Johnson), a busy impresario, is besieged by hordes of wannabe concert stars, eager for their big break. One of them is Cynthia Potter (June Allyson), a talented pianist, but she can't get in to see him. When she learns that Wainwright is auditioning young musicians for a children's concert tour, Cynthia dons braces and bobby sox and passes herself off as a child prodigy.[4]



According to MGM records the film earned $1,602,000 in the US and Canada and $706,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $30,000.[1]

Turner Classic Movies showing[edit]

Turner Classic Movies presented Too Young to Kiss on October 7, 2015 in commemoration of what would have been June Allyson's 98th birthday. Shown before Too Young to Kiss was 1946's The Secret Heart, 1945's The Sailor Takes a Wife, 1946's Two Sisters from Boston, 1947's Good News, 1948's The Bride Goes Wild, 1949's Little Women and 1950's The Reformer and the Redhead.


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