The Courtship of Eddie's Father (film)
|The Courtship of Eddie's Father|
|Directed by||Vincente Minnelli|
|Produced by||Joe Pasternak|
|Screenplay by||John Gay|
|Based on||The Courtship of Eddie's Father
by Mark Toby
|Music by||George Stoll|
|Cinematography||Milton R. Krasner|
|Edited by||Adrienne Fazan|
|Box office||$2,000,000 (U.S./Canada)|
The Courtship of Eddie's Father is a 1963 Metrocolor 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.
Young Eddie Corbett (Ronny Howard) tries his best to be a matchmaker for his widowed father, Tom (Glenn Ford). At first, sexy Dollye Daly (Stella Stevens) seems promising, but she ends up falling in love with and marrying Tom's friend and radio colleague, Norman Jones (Jerry Van Dyke).
Tom becomes attracted to a sophisticated socialite, Rita Behrens (Dina Merrill). 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 (Roberta Sherwood), and by their divorced next-door neighbor, Elizabeth Marten (Shirley Jones). It takes a crisis for Tom to realize what has been under his nose all the time.
- Glenn Ford as Tom Corbett
- Ronny Howard as Eddie
- Shirley Jones as Elizabeth
- Dina Merrill as Rita
- Stella Stevens as Dollye
- Jerry Van Dyke as Norman
- Roberta Sherwood as Mrs. Livingston
Roberta Sherwood, a nightclub singer and TV entertainer, made her film debut.
Pasternak says he interviewed hundreds of children to play Eddie but as soon as Ron Howard walked in "I knew he was right."
The bowling alley sequence was filmed at the now-defunct Paradise Bowl, located at 9116 South Sepulveda Boulevard in Los Angeles (two miles north of LAX).
- "Top Rental Features of 1963", Variety, 8 January 1964, p. 71. Please note figures are rentals as opposed to total gross.
- "Trade in Stories for Filming Brisk: Brando's Partner Re-signed; Old Globe Prepares for Bard" Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 13 June 1961: 25.
- "Antidotes to the State of the World" Butcher, Fanny. Chicago Daily Tribune 6 Aug 1961: c3
- "Genevieve's Revue Short on Novelties: Jack Paar Discovery Tries 'Evening' on Intime Scale" Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 21 March 1962: C15.
- "Hamlet Tired of Taking Prattfalls" Scott, John L. Los Angeles Times 15 July 1962: A5.
- "HOLLYWOOD CALENDAR: Anne Bancroft a Swinger in Tarzan League" Scott, John L. Los Angeles Times 17 March 1963: M8.
- "Sick Movies? Can't Do 'Em---Pasternak: Stories Written in Blood, Not Ink, Industry's Need" Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 25 March 1963: C11.
- The Courtship of Eddie's Father at the Internet Movie Database
- The Courtship of Eddie's Father at AllMovie
- The Courtship of Eddie's Father at the TCM Movie Database
- The Courtship of Eddie's Father at the American Film Institute Catalog
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