The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963)





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This heartwarming comedy centers on the attempts of a mischievous young boy to find the ideal woman for his lonely, widowed father. The father is handsome enough, and there is no shortage of eligible gals to choose from, but the six-year-old is a choosy sort.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Mark Toby, John Gay
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 1, 2004


Glenn Ford
as Tom Corbett
Shirley Jones
as Elizabeth Marten
Stella Stevens
as Dollye Daly
Roberta Sherwood
as Mrs. Livingston
Jerry Van Dyke
as Norman Jones
Dina Merrill
as Rita Behrens
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Critic Reviews for The Courtship of Eddie's Father

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | May 28, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | August 8, 2008
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).

Full Review… | July 12, 2007

Enjoyable family comedy.

August 27, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

July 29, 2003
Billings Outpost (Montana)

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.

Lanning : )

Super Reviewer

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.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


I saw this was gonna be on one of the classic movie channels, so I decided after 52 years, it was time to set the DVR. Ron was great, as I expected, but John Ford not so much. Not only was the chemistry all but non-existent, what was there was just awkward. Less disturbing than Ford's shitty performance, but still painful, was the odd pacing and completely unaddressed jumps in time and plot. Ehh, it was OK, and certainly fun to see Opie out of Mayberry and a young Shirley Jones, who's always good, but I was expecting more from a classic I'd never seen. Bleh.

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