The Youngest Profession

The Youngest Profession is a 1943 film directed by Edward Buzzell, and starring Virginia Weidler, Edward Arnold, John Carroll, Scotty Beckett, and Agnes Moorehead. Based on a short story series and book written by Lillian Day, it contains cameos by Greer Garson, Lana Turner, William Powell, Walter Pidgeon, and Robert Taylor.[2]

The Youngest Profession
Australian theatrical poster
Directed byEdward Buzzell
Produced byB.F. Zeidman
Written byLillian Day (book)
George Oppenheimer
Charles Lederer
Leonard Spigelgass
Jan Isbell Fortune
StarringVirginia Weidler
Edward Arnold
John Carroll
Music byDavid Snell
CinematographyCharles Lawton, Jr.
Edited byRalph E. Winters
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • 1943 (1943)
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,546,000[1]


Lively teen Joan Lyons (Virginia Weidler) and her best friend, Patricia Drew (Jean Porter), are dedicated autograph seekers who run around New York City attempting to meet celebrities. Deceived by trouble-making governess Miss Featherstone (Agnes Moorehead), Joan is distracted from her star-chasing by concerns over her parents' marriage. This leads Joan to hire a muscle man named Dr. Hercules (John Carroll) to flirt with her mother, which only results in more misunderstandings.[3]


Box office

According to MGM records, the film earned $1,187,000 in the US and Canada and $359,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $583,000.[1][4]


  1. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. T.M.P (June 25, 1943). "NY Times review". New York Times. Retrieved 14 November 2008.
  4. "Top Grossers of the Season", Variety, 5 January 1944 p 54
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