The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)

Cary Grant plays artist Dick Newgent

Dick (giving a speech to high school students):
"As we know a lot of people think of art as something pretty stuffy, don't let them kid you. True art has something to say to everyone. Great art unites the masses at every age in every country"
Dick (giving a speech to high school students):
"If you think art isn't functional look at it in terms of history. Each age... each era, becomes visual to us when the art is recreated in stone bronze or on canvas. the essence of art is simplicity. For instance, if I wanted to catch the feeling of America it wouldn't be necessary to go looking for towering mountains or fields of waving grain, if I tried to put America on canvas I would picture one of you

Dick (making up a gritty past to impress the bobby-soxer who is writing and artcle for the school newspaper about his life as an artist):
"When I was 10 my mother and father had a double suicide pact, they made it. I was sent to an orphanage, some days they didn't beat me...
Then one night I escaped I ran away to New York. I used to steal crusts of bread and things. One time I stole a valise, there were paints and paint brushes inside so I began to paint. Then they got me I was sent to a reform school but I escaped again back to New York. A wealthy society lady saw my work, fell in love with me and sent me to art school, the rest is history"

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer on IMDB

Seventeen-year-old Susan Turner develops a crush on Richard Nugent, a sophisticated bachelor who gives a lecture on art at her high school. Susan's uncle, a psychiatrist, believes Richard is an innocent bystander, but manages to persuade him to play along with Susan until the infatuation ends. He reluctantly agrees. When his efforts to shake her off fail, he throws himself into the charade hoping Susan's older sister Margaret will put an end to the affair.
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