Stanley Kubrick’s film version of Lolita will be on TCM at 12:00 noon Saturday. Download the free TCM app to watch on your phone if no TV handy.
“Her legs twitched a little as they lay across my live lap;I stroked them; there she lolled on in the right-hand corner, almost asprawl, Lola, the bobby–soxer, devouring her immemorial fruit, singing through its juice, losing her slipper, rubbing the heel of her slipperless foot in its sloppy anklet…(p, 59)”
The bobby soxer became part of American culture during the 40’s, often referring to young hysterical female fans of Frank Sinatra. The above 1947 film is a comedy with a twist from the Lolita plot, in that Shirley Temple is a high school girl infatuated with a much older man, Cary Grant, an artist who lectures at her high school one day. When unbeknownst to Grant, Shirley sneaks into his apartment, they are found in this compromising situation by her older sister (Myrna Loy) who happens to be a judge. The resulting triangle has hilarious results.