Widower and hamburger restaurateur Harvey Howard decides to go to college at 51 years of age. Resisting the easy path, he insists on not receiving preferential treatment, and lives in a ... See full summary »

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Widower and hamburger restaurateur Harvey Howard decides to go to college at 51 years of age. Resisting the easy path, he insists on not receiving preferential treatment, and lives in a dorm like the other students despite the disapproval of his grown son and daughter. As the years pass, and he gets involved in study sessions, fraternity initiations, and sporting events, he begins falling in love with Professor Gautier, the French teacher, but doesn't consider re-marrying appropriate. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Final film of Irene Vernon. See more »

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As the "Freshman Bonfire" truck passes by the camera, the shadow of the camera rig can be clearly seen on the side of the truck and on the "Freshman Bonfire" sign. See more »

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Harvey Howard: I was trying to prove that age isn't a matter of years, but of zest. Isn't every waking day a lifetime, and aren't we reborn every morning?
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The Second Time Around
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
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Excellent 'Feel Good" movie
14 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

High Time is a wonderful Bing Crosby vehicle that has a successful middle aged businessman with grown children (and a widower) indulging a whim by taking a step back in his life to get the college education he missed the first time around.

While a seeming slam dunk to be a "fish out of water" comedy, instead Crosby's character finds a way to integrate successfully with his younger classmates, learning from them as they also benefit from his experience.

An earlier reviewer, Moonspinner, panned plot points in this movie out of sheer ignorance. He should actually have some knowledge of a film or its time before commenting on it. His criticism of the Phys Ed scene is off base. When I went to college, 15 years AFTER this film, 3 semesters of Phys Ed were still required, during which you had to do such things as run a 6 minute mile. Some say ignorance is bliss, but actually ignorance is just ignorance, spinner.

This is a wonderful film that stands up well. Things such as fall bonfires were and still are common campus traditions. Fraternity pledging pranks ... still around. Dormitories ... still around. Hamburger/Barbecue restaurants ... still around. LOL

Is the movie a touch simple and innocent compared to modern life and modern comedy fare? Sure it is. But trust me, that is NOT a bad thing.

Sit back and enjoy this very entertaining and relaxing film.


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