Papa's Delicate Condition
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|Papa's Delicate Condition|
|Directed by||George Marshall|
|Produced by||Jack Rose|
|Written by||Jack Rose
Corinne Griffith (book)
|Edited by||Frank P. Keller|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
Papa's Delicate Condition is a 1963 comedy film starring Jackie Gleason and Glynis Johns. It was an adaptation of the Corinne Griffith memoir of the same name, about her father and growing up in Texarkana, Texas. Jimmy Van Heusen (music) and Sammy Cahn (lyrics) won an Academy Award for Best Song for "Call Me Irresponsible".
Another Cahn/Van Heusen song, "Walking Happy," was used in a scene with Gleason and his on-screen daughter Linda Bruhl walking down a street while he sings about the people they meet along the way, but the scene was cut before the film's release. The song was later used in a Broadway musical of the same name.
Jack Griffith, known as "Papa" to all, is a family man in a Texas town, but an irresponsible one. To impress his 6-year-old daughter Corinne, he spends the family's savings to buy his own circus, simply so the little girl can have her own pony.
After his squandering leaves the Griffiths in debt, wife Ambolyn packs up Corinne and older sister Augusta and moves to Texarkana, Texas, where her father, Anthony Ghio, is the mayor. Griffith attempts to use his circus to help Ghio's bid for reelection, but accidentally causes Ambolyn to end up with a broken hand.
Despondent, he leaves for Louisiana and is little seen or heard from by the family. Talked into an attempt at reconciliation, Papa is reluctant, believing the Griffiths want nothing more to do with him, but he is welcomed back with open arms.
- Jackie Gleason as Jack Griffith
- Glynis Johns as Ambolyn
- Linda Bruhl as Corinne
- Charles Ruggles as Mayor Ghio
- Laurel Goodwin as Augusta
The novel was published in 1952. Paramount bought the film rights and assigned Henry and Phoebe Ephron to adapt it. In 1955 it was announced Fred Astaire would star and the film done as a musical. However filming as postponed so Astair could make Silk Stockings.
Filming ended up being postponed until 1962 with Jack Rose the writer and Jackie Gleason the star. However two songs written for the proposed Astaire film by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen were used, along with a new song, "Bill Bailey".
The movie now starred Jackie Gleason, in his first Hollywood shot movie in 12 years. "This picture is just vanilla," said Gleason. "but I needed something like it after Requiem for a Heavyweight, The Hustler and Gigot".
The part of the young girl was played by Linda Bruhl, whose experience had mostly been in TV commercials.
- Papa's Delicate Condition at the Internet Movie Database
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