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Week-End with Father (1951)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  December 1951 (USA)
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Single parents Jean Bowen and Brad Stubbs meet at the train station when they send their kids (his 2 girls, her 2 boys) off to camp. Love inevitably blooms. But there are complications: ... See full summary »

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Brad Stubbs
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Jean Bowen
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Anne Stubbs
Virginia Field ...
Phyllis Reynolds
Richard Denning ...
Don Adams
Jimmy Hunt ...
Garrett 'Gary' Bowen
Janine Perreau ...
Patty Stubbs
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David Bowen aka Shorty
Gary Pagett ...
Eddie Lewis
Forrest Lewis ...
Clarence Willett, Desk Clerk
Frances E. Williams ...
Cleo, Jean's Maid
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Mrs. G., Brad's Housekeeper
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Single parents Jean Bowen and Brad Stubbs meet at the train station when they send their kids (his 2 girls, her 2 boys) off to camp. Love inevitably blooms. But there are complications: Brad's other flame, TV star Phyllis, thinks he plans to marry her, while Jean has caught the eye of beefcake camp counselor Don Adams. A hectic weekend at camp (with Phyllis an uninvited guest) brings the expected lovers' tiff. Who will straighten out Jean and Brad's lives? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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December 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ein Wochenende mit Papa  »

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Virginia Field's singing was dubbed by Martha Mears. See more »

Quotes

Cleo: I always say, love is like soup - you gotta do a lot of spoonin' to find out what's in it!
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Referenced in Four Star Playhouse: Man in the Box (1953) See more »

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His, Hers and Theirs
4 July 2013 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

New York's Grand Central Station is full of children going away to summer camp. Among those present are widower Van Heflin (as Brad Stubbs) with his two girls, and widow Patricia Neal (as Jean Bowen) with her two boys. The previously unacquainted adults meet at the station while sending their twosomes away from home for the first time. You should have no trouble figuring out the basic storyline. The girls are real-life sisters Gigi Perreau (as Anne Stubbs) and Janine Perreau (as Patty Stubbs). The boys are Jimmy Hunt (as Garrett "Gary" Bowen) and Tommy Rettig (as David "Shorty" Bowen)...

During the "father-son" athletic competition, young Hunt sustained an injury and "little brother" Rettig found his role expanded. In some scenes, Hunt can be seen with his left arm held still or concealed...

This sort of story reached its madcap peak with "Yours, Mine and Ours" (1968). The adult romance is unexciting, but there is fun watching their rivals. Television star Virginia Field (as Phyllis Reynolds) also wants to wed Mr. Heflin, and muscular camp counselor Richard Denning (as Don Adams) desires Ms. Neal. As the co-stars hired "help", Frances E. Williams and Elvia Allman are amusing. Heflin and the children benefit particularly well from Douglas Sirk's capable direction. Playing a ten-year-old with nail polish and a toothy boyfriend, Gary Pagett (as Eddie), young Gigi is especially enchanting.

****** Week-End with Father (12/51) Douglas Sirk ~ Van Heflin, Patricia Neal, Gigi Perreau, Tommy Rettig


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