Industrial designer Howard Osborne (Clifton Webb) wants his daughter Jacqueline (Anne Francis), shortened to Jake by her efficient-minded father, to follow in his footsteps and study abroad... See full summary »
Industrial designer Howard Osborne (Clifton Webb) wants his daughter Jacqueline (Anne Francis), shortened to Jake by her efficient-minded father, to follow in his footsteps and study abroad. But, following her graduation dance, she finds herself in the arms of and in love with her psychology professor, Matt Reagan (William Lundigan), and they decide to elope, telling only her godfather. He, when the Osbornes discovering Jake missing, tells them of her plans. They descend furiously on the Reagans, only to find Matt's father, (Tom (Charles Bickford), equally upset at the news. The two families, with a great dislike for each other, start off for a marriage mill across the state line, and join forces when the Reagan car breaks down. Meanwhile, Jake and Matt quarrel and decide they have made a mistake and start for home. Written by
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This is a rather claustrophobic and slight film about a young couple who elope and what occurs when their families discover this and set off after them to stop the wedding. A very significant portion of the film takes place in a car with the future in-laws and this made for a very strange film experience.
I decided to watch this movie for one reason--because it starred the always entertaining Clifton Webb. As usual, Webb played exactly the sort of lovable curmudgeon he played so well in films and so I wasn't disappointed. As for the rest of the cast, Charles Bickford and the rest were fine.
While I read a review by someone who hated this film, my experience was more positive--though I could appreciate their feelings. As I mentioned above, a huge portion of the film is set in a car as well as in a cross-country low speed chase---hardly settings to make for an exciting film. Also, at times the writing is a bit inconsistent and tough to believe--especially when the families do eventually meet up with the newlyweds to be. Still, the positives outweigh the negatives and it's a sweet little film and I am glad I saw it.
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