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Father's Doing Fine (1952)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 22 April 1953 (USA)
Lady Buckering, an English widow, has four daughters; Doreen, married to Dougall and about to give birth at home, and Gerda, Bicky and Catherine. The story revolves around the impending ... See full summary »

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Dougall
Heather Thatcher ...
Lady Buckering
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Shaughnessy
George Thorpe ...
Dr. Drew
Diane Hart ...
Doreen
Susan Stephen ...
Bicky
Mary Germaine ...
Gerda
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Catherine
Jack Watling ...
Clifford Magill
Peter Hammond ...
Roly
Brian Worth ...
Wilfred
Sidney James ...
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Lady Buckering, an English widow, has four daughters; Doreen, married to Dougall and about to give birth at home, and Gerda, Bicky and Catherine. The story revolves around the impending birth and the love affairs of the other three daughters; Bicky, with eccentric student Roly; Gerda, married to artist Wilfred; and Catherine, in love with the landlord's son, Clifford Magill. In addition, the impoverished Lady Buckering is being courted by Dr. Drew. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Romance

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22 April 1953 (USA)  »

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Eine verrückte Familie  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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Dougall and Roly recite lines from Henry Newbolt's poem, Vitaï Lampada, the most recognized line of which is "Play Up! Play Up! And play the game!" See more »

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Sir Henry Newbolt's poem "Vitae Lampada" is used by permission of Captain Francis Newbolt. See more »

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Collected by Sabine Baring-Gould
Sung by Dougal and Roly
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The travails of Lady Buckering and her four daughters
22 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Father's Doing Fine" Review

March 23, 2012

Lady Buckering, who has four daughters, is in bad financial straits but nonetheless lives very well – there's a butler, all the women have wonderful clothes, there's a private nurse and plenty of liquor handy. One of her daughters is about to have a baby (the father is the Attenborough character, Dougall), one is married to a pseudo-intellectual, one is rebounding from a love affair gone bad and the youngest daughter is an insufferable drama queen. Attenborough plays the stereotypically nervous father-to-be with gusto.

"Father's Doing Fine" is based on the play "Little Lambs Eat Ivy." I simply do not understand the significance of the title (yes, I know the song Mairzy Doats). The movie's title seems off kilter as well since it is the mother, Lady Buckering, around whom all the frenetic doings occur. Indeed, Lady Buckering (the delightful Heather Thatcher) has all the best lines in this farce.

For me, farce is always better as a stage production than as a movie. This movie is silly but Thatcher's and Attenborough's performances make it fun to watch.


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