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Bon Voyage! (1962)

 -  Family | Comedy | Adventure  -  17 May 1962 (USA)
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The Willards from Terre Haute, Indiana, travels abroad for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation in Paris, France. Harry Willard believes that the greatest problem will be avoiding tap water, but ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Willard
Katie Willard
Nick O'Mara
Amy Willard
Countessa 'La Comtesse' DuFresne
Elliott Willard
Georgette Anys ...
Madame Clebert
Skipper Willard
Ivan Desny ...
Rudolph Hunschak
Françoise Prévost ...
The Girl
Alex Gerry ...
Horace Bidwell
Howard Smith ...
Judge Henderson (as Howard I. Smith)
The Tight Suit (as Casey Adams)
James Millhollin ...
Ship's librarian
Marcel Hillaire ...
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The Willards from Terre Haute, Indiana, travels abroad for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation in Paris, France. Harry Willard believes that the greatest problem will be avoiding tap water, but bringing his three children will prove to be more troublesome. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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A holiday spree in gay Paree!


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17 May 1962 (USA)  »

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At one time the leads had been offered to James Cagney and Greer Garson. Both turned it down. See more »


[on the beach at Cannes, Harry and Skipper are watching Elliott chat up a pretty French girl, as the girl's mother looks on disapprovingly]
Skipper Willard: How do you like Elliott's new moustache, Dad?
Harry Willard: I think I like the one on the girl's mother better.
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Bon Voyage 'Bon Voyage ( and don't come back)
15 September 2008 | by (Steubenville, Ohio) – See all my reviews

Bon Voyage Let's See. On board for 'Bon voyage' is my mother's favorite actor 'Fred MacMurray'. There is actress and Ronald Regan's ex 'Jane Wyman'. Disney maverick's 'Tommy Kirk' and 'Kevin Anthony "Moochie" Corcoran' are on board as well. And then there is Deborah Walley, who I never heard of before, but she seems like she's a good actress.

OK, there is the wholesome Disney atmosphere, some wacky situations, one involving Fred getting lost in the sewers of Paris and other wacky things including Fred almost getting arrested from causing a scene at a restaurant. He has some other wacky conversations with some relatives who have never meet him, but think it's horrible that Jane Whyman's character has marred of all things 'A plumber'. He slyly reveals that he is the plumber much to their shocked snobbery surprise. Overall there is the interesting sitcom concept and premise of a family taking a vacation in Europe.

This concept was used in 'National Lampoon's European Vacation' and produced a rather funny film. The concept used in this film produced a rather dull and boring movie. Despite the cleaner friendly film, it isn't a Disney film worth adding to your collection and I would have to say it isn't worth renting either. NLEV is crude in parts and is not worth letting your kids watch unless you find a way to severely edit out all the inappropriate parts.

But 'Bon Voyage' is not the better equivalent. With Fred MacMurray you expect better work. His character is annoying. When a man hits on his wife instead of hitting him, he guzzles down booze and gets upset at his wife because a guy is flirting with her. He does finally sock the guy, so justice wins out in the end, even though you have to wait for it to happen while enduring his whining about it. The melodrama that bubbles up from this film is also annoying and leaves you wondering about the deeper storyline that they never reveal. Even if they did you probably wouldn't care anyway.

The Disney magic does not flow upon everything that it does. This is not the worst film ever made or the worst film Disney ever made, it's just a rather boring dull film. So I say Bon Voyage 'Bon Voyage ( and don't come back)

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