The Impossible Years
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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.
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 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.
The movie was a hit, earning $5.8 million in rentals in North America.
- "Big Rental Films of 1969", Variety, 7 January 1970 p 15
- The Impossible Years (1965 play) at Internet Broadway Database
- The Impossible Years (1968 movie) at Internet Movie Database
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