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Realizing that he needs a mother -- and his widower father, Tom (Glenn Ford), needs a wife -- precocious Eddie Corbett (Ron Howard) is determined to get his dad remarried. While Tom dates numerous women, including the uptight aristocrat Rita Behrens (Dina Merrill), nobody seems to be a good fit for Eddie or his father. Soon it becomes apparent that Tom's ideal match may be closer than he thought, as he begins to develop feelings for his lovely neighbor, Elizabeth Marten (Shirley Jones).

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  • Dec 28, 2009
    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 <i>The Music Man,</i> 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.
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  • May 18, 2008
    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 n Super Reviewer
  • Aug 23, 2007
    There are several things I could tell you about this movie that might make you want to see it. I could tell you that it's directed by the immensely talented Vincente Minnelli. I could say that Glen Ford is solid in the title role. I could say that the script is wrought with moments that will make you smile and a few that might bring a tear to your eye. Yes, I could say all those things, but all I really have to say is this: Shirley Jones uses a rectal thermometer on Ron Howard.
    Kevin S Super Reviewer

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