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Courtship of Eddie's Father
     

The Courtship of Eddie's Father

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Director: John Gay, Vincente Minnelli

Cast: Glenn Ford, Shirley Jones

 

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Vincente Minnelli takes another of his occasional dips into situation comedy (i.e. The Long Long Trailer) in The Courtship of Eddie's Father. Ron Howard is the precocious Eddie, who wants to see his recently widowed father, Tom Corbett (Glenn Ford), get married again. He even has the lucky bride picked out -- their attractive neighbor Elizabeth Marten

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Vincente Minnelli takes another of his occasional dips into situation comedy (i.e. The Long Long Trailer) in The Courtship of Eddie's Father. Ron Howard is the precocious Eddie, who wants to see his recently widowed father, Tom Corbett (Glenn Ford), get married again. He even has the lucky bride picked out -- their attractive neighbor Elizabeth Marten (Shirley Jones), a young divorcee. When his father's interest isn't whetted, he strikes up a friendship with Dollye Daly (Stella Stevens), a shy, beauty contest winner. But, much to Eddie's disappointment, Dollye falls in love with Tom's friend Norman Jones (Jerry van Dyke). When Tom meets stylish fashion consultant Rita Behrens (Dina Merrill) and announces their plans to marry, Eddie -- who disapproves of the match -- runs away from summer camp and hides out in Elizabeth's apartment. Tom breaks off his engagement to Rita and tries to find Eddie. Arriving at Elizabeth's apartment, Tom confronts Elizabeth and decides to try to get to know her a little better.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The old adage that warns actors about appearing with children or dogs is especially applicable to The Courtship of Eddie's Father. Ron Howard manages to steal just about every scene he's in from the cast of talented adults. Managing to be adorable without being cloying, smart-mouthed without being irritating, Howard makes Eddie the kind of kid that unfortunately seems to exist only in movies. The rest of the cast has to struggle a bit to make as good an impression, largely because they're working from a script that, while certainly workable, is largely uninspired. Still, there's enough there for Glenn Ford to latch onto and run with, allowing him to show off both his warm and chilly sides, and Shirley Jones gets to do her tough-and-tender routine, which she does with aplomb. There's appropriate support from Dina Merrill, Stella Stevens, and Jerry Van Dyke, and Vincente Minnelli has directed efficiently and professionally, although he at times seems more interested in his careful balance and modulation of color in every scene than in slightly tougher things (such as blending the film's dramatic and comedic moments). Still, that attention to visual detail pays off; few films that are basically nothing more than extended sitcoms ever look so good. While not a classic, Courtship nevertheless is a reasonably entertaining little picture.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/30/2013
UPC:
0883316732885
Original Release:
1962
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:58:00
Sales rank:
23,546

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Glenn Ford Tom Corbett
Shirley Jones Elizabeth Marten
Ronny Howard Eddie
Stella Stevens Dollye Daly
Dina Merrill Rita Behrens
Roberta Sherwood Mrs. Livingston
Jerry Van Dyke Norman Jones

Technical Credits
John Gay Director,Screenwriter
Vincente Minnelli Director
George W. Davis Art Director
Adrienne Fazan Editor
Keogh Gleason Set Decoration/Design
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Lynn H. Guthrie Asst. Director
Robert R. Hoag Special Effects
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Urie McCleary Art Director
Joe Pasternak Producer
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
George Stoll Score Composer
Stella Unger Songwriter
Victor Young Songwriter

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