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The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963)


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Release Date: Mar 27, 1963 Limited



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Vincente Minnelli takes another of his occasional dips into situation comedy (i.e. The Long Long Trailer) in The Courtship of Eddie's Father. Ron Howard is the precocious Eddie, who wants to see his recently widowed father, Tom Corbett (Glenn Ford), get married again. He even has the lucky bride picked out -- their attractive neighbor Elizabeth Marten (Shirley Jones), a young divorcee. When his father's interest isn't whetted, he strikes up a friendship with Dollye Daly (Stella Stevens), a shy,


Drama, Kids & Family, Classics, Comedy

John Gay, Mark Toby

Jun 1, 2004


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Strange film about family tragedy masquerading as a comedy, the film does have some impressive sequences.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

One of Minnellli's weakest (or is it modest?) serio comedies, dealing with the adjustment problems of a recent widower (Glenn Ford) and his young son (played by child actor-future director Ron Howard).

July 12, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

Enjoyable family comedy.

August 27, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for The Courtship of Eddie's Father

I've never been a great Glenn Ford fan, but his low-intensity performance style actually works well here as Ron Howard engineers his dear dad's romantic life beyond widowerhood. A year after The Music Man, Howard steals the show with his charm, wit, and good humor, and Shirley Jones is knockout gorgeous as little Howard's target for his father's second wife. Jones is definitely one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the sliver screen, and her projected intelligence has never hurt her, even in the acting work she does nowadays. I will always regret that I didn't have a chance to witness her in her heyday on the big screen.
January 13, 2010

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Utterly charming delicate story of the sometime rocky love between a boy and his recently widowed father. Some of the standards are of course different but how could they not be in a film over 40 years old, ignore that and just enjoy the sweet simple story. Shirley Jones is incredibly lovely and Stella Stevens is wonderful in her small role, a vastly underrated actress.
July 21, 2008
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