Lively, entertaining reviews of, and essays on, old and newer films and everything relating to them, written by professional author William Schoell.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


HENRY ALDRICH, EDITOR (1942). Director: Hugh Bennett.

"Do you really think that any boy in his right mind can get into the trouble that you do?" -- Mr. Aldrich

"I have the utmost confidence in myself." --Henry

Henry Aldrich (Jimmy Lydon) becomes editor of the high school newspaper and that's when the trouble begins. He covers a fire, and writes about it so, eh, colorfully, that it's picked up by the regular paper and blown way out of proportion. Worse, the regular paper reports that Mr. Aldrich (John Litel, who is given more comedy to do than usual), is dying. Before long Henry is accused of being the firebug who's on the loose, and attends his own trial dressed in drag! Henry Aldrich, Editor has its cute moments, but it goes awry before the end. I mean, there's nothing particularly funny about Henry being trapped in a deadly warehouse fire. Lydon, Charles Smith as pal Dizzy, Rita Quigley as gal pal Martha and Vaughn Glaser as principal Bradley are all in good form.

Verdict: More hijinks with Henry. **1/2.

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