The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963)
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Critic Reviews for The Courtship of Eddie's Father
Strange film about family tragedy masquerading as a comedy, the film does have some impressive sequences.
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).
Enjoyable family comedy.
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.
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.
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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