The Impossible Years
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After two previews, the Broadway production, directed by Arthur Storch, opened on October 13, 1965 at the Playhouse Theatre, where it ran for 670 performances. The original cast included Alan King, Sudie Bond, Bert Convy, Neva Small, and Scott Glenn. Sam Levene and Ed McMahon succeeded King later in the run.
The comedy revolves around Jonathan Kingsley, a teaching psychiatrist at the local university, his wife, and their two teenaged daughters. Complications arise when the older one develops an active interest in the opposite sex and her younger impressionable sister begins to emulate her misadventures.
|The Impossible Years|
|Directed by||Michael Gordon|
|Produced by||Lawrence Weingarten|
|Written by||George Wells|
|Box office||$5.8 million (North America)|
The 1968 film version, which premiered December 5, was adapted by George Wells and directed by Michael Gordon. It starred David Niven, Lola Albright, Chad Everett, Ozzie Nelson, Cristina Ferrare, Gale Dixon and Darlene Carr. A notable footnote is that the theme for the film was performed by The Cowsills.
Jonathan Kingsley is the teaching psychiatrist at the local university. He and wife Alice have two teenage daughters; their eldest, Linda, falls for Jonathan's teaching assistant Richard.
- David Niven as Jonathan Kingsley
- Lola Albright as Alice Kingsley
- Chad Everett as Richard Merrick
- Ozzie Nelson as Dr. Herbert Fleischer
- Cristina Ferrare as Linda Kingsley
- Jeff Cooper as Bartholmew Smuts
- John Harding as Dean Harvey Rockwell
- Rich Chalet as Freddie Fleischer
- Mike McGreevey as Andy McClaine
- Don Beddoe as Dr. Elliot Fish
- Darleen Carr as Abbey Kingsley
- Louise Lorimer as Mrs. Celia Fish
MGM bought the film rights to the play in 1965 for $350,000. George Wells completed the script by March 1966. MGM announced it for production in August 1966. The movie was greenlit by the team of Robert O'Brien and Robert M. Weitman.
Christina Ferrare, who played Niven's daughter, had been under contract to 20th Century Fox for a year. Filming took place in October 1967.
The film featured the final movie performance of Ozzie Nelson.
Critical reaction however was overwhelmingly negative.
In 1970 it was reported Jackie Cooper and Bob Finkel had written a pilot script for a TV adaptation of the play for NBC.
- "Big Rental Films of 1969", Variety, 7 January 1970 p 15
- 'Impossible Years' Has All Possible Comedy Ingredients Smith, Cecil. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 15 Oct 1965: d13.
- 'Impossible' Script Ready Martin, Betty. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 31 Mar 1966: d17.
- Top Role for Candy Bergen Martin, Betty. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 09 Aug 1966: c9.
- MGM Plans 14 Films on 1967 Budget Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 25 Jan 1967: d10.
- Cindy: She Came to Work, Not Play Haber, Joyce. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 12 Oct 1967: e15.
- Roger Fristoe, "The Impossible Years", Turner Classic Monthly accessed 19 December 2014
- "The World's Top Twenty Films." Sunday Times [London, England] 27 Sept. 1970: 27. The Sunday Times Digital Archive. accessed 5 Apr. 2014
- The Wonder of Hollywood's Movie Decisions Champlin, Charles. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 09 Feb 1969: t1.
- Hairdresser Just for Julie, Warren Haber, Joyce. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 19 Oct 1970: c18.
- The Impossible Years (1965 play) at Internet Broadway Database
- The Impossible Years (1968 movie) at Internet Movie Database
- The Impossible Years film at TCMDB
- Review of film at New York Times
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