Impossible Years

The Impossible Years

Director: Michael Gordon

Cast: David Niven, Lola Albright, Chad Everett

     
 

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This situation comedy comes from a Bob Fisher and Arthur Marx play. Jonathan Kingsley (David Niven) is the teaching psychiatrist at the local university and is happily married to his wife Alice (Lola Albright). The couple has two teenage daughters, and the trouble begins when the oldest daughter Linda (Christina Ferrare) begins to take an adult interest in boys. Her…  See more details below

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This situation comedy comes from a Bob Fisher and Arthur Marx play. Jonathan Kingsley (David Niven) is the teaching psychiatrist at the local university and is happily married to his wife Alice (Lola Albright). The couple has two teenage daughters, and the trouble begins when the oldest daughter Linda (Christina Ferrare) begins to take an adult interest in boys. Her misadventures corrupt her impressionable sister Abbey (Darlene Carr) and is driving the head of the university, Dean Rockwell (John Harding), absolutely crazy as he fears a scandal that could blight the school. Jonathan is put under review by the board of directors. Linda falls for Jonathan's teaching assistant Richard (Chad Everett) as her father receives neighborly advise from Dr. Fleischer (Ozzie Nelson), a hopeless hypochondriac. Linda is also pursued by a spaced-out hippie (Jeff Cooper) and another admirer (Michael McGreevey). Jonathan tries to stop his daughter's lustful yearnings before the reputation of the university and his family become fodder for the local gossip mongers. The title track is sung by The Cowsills.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Impossible Years is not impossible to sit through, but as each year passes, it does become a bit more of a chore. Dated? You bet, although it's not the situation that's dated: parents and teen-agers will always have problems related to independence and trust, and fathers and daughters in particular will be at loggerheads starting at a certain point. What makes Impossible dated is both the way this situation is handled and, more importantly, the inane dialogue that runs rampant throughout the movie. In addition to being inane, it's also a bit on the smutty side, which given the "family" circumstances, makes it a bit smarmy as well. Fortunately, David Niven is on hand, and his mere presence imparts a certain level of class -- which Impossible needs. He's as smooth and assured as ever, and few actors play crisis and tension for laughs as well as Niven. The rest of the cast ranges from adequate to acceptable, although Christine Ferrare's beauty deserves special attention all by itself. Michael Gordon's direction is workmanlike -- and unable to hide the fact that the film seems to have been made a bit on the cheap side.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/16/2011
UPC:
0883316331309
Original Release:
1968
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
14,179

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Niven Jonathan Kingsley
Lola Albright Alice Kingsley
Chad Everett Richard Merrick
Ozzie Nelson Dr. Herbert Fleischer
Cristina Ferrare Linda Kingsley
Jeff Cooper Bartholomew Smuts
John Harding Dean Harvey Rockwell
Rich Chalet Freddie Fleischer
Darlene Carr Abbey Kingsley
Don Beddoe Dr. Elliot Fish
Michael McGreevey Andy McClaine
Louise Lorimer Mrs. Celia Fish
Karen Norris Mrs. Rockwell
Susan French Miss Hammer
Trudi Ames Francine
J. Edward McKinley Dr. Pepperell
Ned Wertimer Dr. Bodey

Technical Credits
Michael Gordon Director
Preston Ames Art Director
Don Costa Score Composer
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
George W. Davis Art Director
Henry W. Grace Set Decoration/Design
Sydney Guilaroff Makeup
Hugh Hunt Set Decoration/Design
Arthur Jacobson Asst. Director
Franklin E. Milton Sound/Sound Designer
James Newcom Editor
Tokens Songwriter
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Lawrence Weingarten Producer
George Wells Screenwriter

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