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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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Mildly amusing comedy from TCF's "Clifton Webb period". Webb and Gardner (Roger) get to trade intellectual barbs in a little gem of an introductory scene. And catch the cutting-edge livingroom interior for 1951, including the push button recliner that swallows up poor Roger. Of course, Webb is Webb, amusing and annoying at the same time. Actually, his movie persona of high-falutin' palaver and distaste for children suggests a sleeker, stuffier version of WC Fields. Here, Webb gets to show off both in that packed car ride, which, to me, is amusing up until everyone starts getting reasonable.
The main trouble is the movie sags every time the narrative switches to the sappy young lovers. Well, actually, not so young since Lundigan is a highly mature 37 and darn near 20 years older than the winsome young Francis. Speaking of youth, Tommy Rettig makes a great little boy who even acts like a little boy, and makes for a lively addition to the warring tribes. And, near the end, be sure to catch Howard's (Webb) concise comparison of elopement with church weddings. It's a surprisingly sober and incisive look at weddings in general.
No, there's nothing memorable here. Just an average little comedy with its share of both on- moments and off-moments, 1950's style.
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