Too young to Kiss (1951): Leonard’s Comedy, Starring Van Johnson and June Allyson

Robert Z. Leonard directed Too Young to Kiss (aka All Too Young), an MGM comedy, starring its top talent, Van Johnson and June Allyson.

Allyson, then age 34, plays Cynthia Potter, a woman masquerading as a 14-year-old child prodigy.

Cynthia, a skilled pianist, is trying to get the attention of concert promoter Eric Wainwright, but he is only looking for young talent. To meet his criteria, Potter masquerades as her own fictional younger sister, a 14-year-old “Molly” Potter.

The gimmick work and Wainwright is captivated by Molly’s skills, even developing paternal affectation towards her.

June Allyson as Cynthia Potter
Van Johnson as Eric Wainwright
Gig Young as John Tirsen
Paula Corday as Denise Dorcet
Kathryn Givney as Miss Benson
Larry Keating as Danny Cutler
Hans Conried as Mr. Sparrow
Esther Dale as Mrs. Boykin
Jo Gilbert as Gloria

Directed by Robert Z. Leonard
Scripted by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett
Produced by Sam Zimbalist
Cinematography: Joseph Ruttenberg
Edited by Conrad A. Nervig
Musical director: Johnny Green