The King and Queen of Postwar Pop

Doris Day and Frank Sinatra were the king and queen of America’s postwar popular songs, and they made one film together. Young at Heart, titled to cash in on the popularity of Sinatra’s recent hit song of the same name, proved a popular film and remains nostalgically watchable and revealing today.

The gorgeously artificial and evocative opening shot opens high on a tree-lined suburban backlot as we hear Sinatra’s performance of the title song, which has nothing in particular to do with the plot. Then the camera pulls over to the right and dollies in toward the warm, welcoming window of one house, where an older man (Robert Keith) plays the violin while an older woman (Ethel Barrymore) watches TV.

The show turns out to be a boxing match, and the couple

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