Cast & Crew
Seventeen-year-old William Sylvanus Baxter is full of the pomposity of his age and insists on being treated like an adult. He falls in love at first sight with Lola Pratt, a young sophisticate from Chicago who has comes to stay with her friend, May Parcher, after her parents had her marriage annulled. When Lola shows disdain for Willie's beat up roadster, he goes into debt for a new car, and borrows his father's tuxedo to take Lola to a nightclub. Willie is upstaged by George Crooper, however, a slick fast-talker who is old enough to buy Lola drinks. From then on, Willie vies for Lola's attention with George. In the meantime, he fends off his snooping little sister Jane and the worries of his parents, who have noticed a change in him. Willie falls behind in his car payments, but his father wants to teach him a lesson and refuses to help make the payments. When Jane tells her parents that she saw Willie sneaking out with a suitcase, they fear that he has eloped with Lola, but he returns to report that he sold his clothes to make another car payment so that he could have one last date with Lola before she leaves town. Willie's understanding mother gives him his father's freshly pressed suit for his date, and Mr. Baxter gives her money for the car payment, which she slips in Willie's pocket. Willie does not find the money however, and evades the car salesman until he finds him at the party where Willie is forced to give him the keys to the car. To both George and Willie's surprise, Lola leaves the party early with her former husband Jack, with whom she plans to stay. Willie then returns home to his parents, and after discovering the money in his pocket, he realizes how wonderful they are.
Paul E. Burns
A. E. Freudeman
Agnes Christine Johnston
The song "When You're Seventeen and in Love" plays over the opening credits in this film. Producer Stuart Walker also produced the stage play of the Booth Tarkington novel. According to a news item in Hollywood Reporter, exteriors for this picture were shot on location in Pasadena, CA. Modern sources credit Don Johnson with sound. In 1916, Robert Vignola directed Louise Huff and Jack Pickford in an earlier Paramount version of Seventeen (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.3943.)