The Courtship of Eddie's Father (film)

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The Courtship of Eddie's Father
Poster of the movie The Courtship of Eddie's Father.jpg
Directed by Vincente Minnelli
Produced by Joe Pasternak
Written by John Gay
Based on the novel by Mark Toby
Starring Glenn Ford
Ron Howard
Shirley Jones
Stella Stevens
Music by George Stoll
Cinematography Milton R. Krasner
Edited by Adrienne Fazan
Venice Productions
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • 1963 (1963)
Running time
118 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2,000,000 (U.S./Canada)[1]

The Courtship of Eddie's Father is a 1963 romantic comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Glenn Ford as a widowed father, with a young son to care for, played by Ronny Howard.

It inspired a television series of the same name, starring Bill Bixby and Brandon Cruz.

Plot summary[edit]

Young Eddie Corbett tries his best to be a matchmaker for his widowed father, Tom. At first, sexy Dollye Daly seems promising, but she ends up falling in love with and marrying Tom's friend and radio colleague, Norman Jones.

Tom becomes attracted to a sophisticated socialite, Rita Behrens. They begin considering marriage, but Eddie takes an immediate dislike to Rita and she does not know how to deal with Eddie (nor does she particularly want to learn). In the end, Tom chooses his son over her.

Through all this, the Corbetts are supported by their new housekeeper, Mrs. Livingston, and by their divorced next-door neighbor, Elizabeth Marten. It takes a crisis for Tom to realize what has been under his nose all the time.


The bowling alley sequence was filmed at the now-defunct Paradise Bowl, located at 9116 South Sepulveda Boulevard in Los Angeles, California (two miles north of LAX).


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  1. ^ "Top Rental Features of 1963", Variety, 8 January 1964, p. 71. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.

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