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Papa's Delicate Condition (1963)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 2 December 1964 (Argentina)
If Jack Griffith's wife doesn't like the color of a neighbor's house, he'll arrange for it to be a house of a different color. If the owner of the ice cream parlor doesn't believe in ... See full summary »

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Jack Griffith
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Amberlyn Griffith
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Anthony Ghio
Laurel Goodwin ...
Augusta Griffith
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Corrie
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Mr. Sparrow
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Mr. Harvey
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Mr. Keith
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Mr. Cosgrove
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Norman
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Ellie
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Stanley Henderson II
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Douglas
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If Jack Griffith's wife doesn't like the color of a neighbor's house, he'll arrange for it to be a house of a different color. If the owner of the ice cream parlor doesn't believe in selling triple banana splits for a penny, Jack will buy the establishment. And if Jack's little girl wants the pony in the circus parade, why not buy the entire circus! This last prank sends Amberlyn Griffith back to Texarkana c. 1900, where her father is running for his third term as mayor. Jack follows, bringing the entire circus. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Follow the Gay Parade!

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2 December 1964 (Argentina)  »

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La delicada condición de papá  »

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

A scene featuring a song called "Walking Happy" was edited out before the film's release but was later used in (and was the title for) a Broadway show in New York. As Gleason sings the tune, he and his on-screen daughter Linda Bruhl walk down a hometown street while Gleason sings about the people they meet along the way. The song was composed by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Sammy Cahn, both of whom also wrote "Call Me Irresponsible," which remained in the film. See more »

Quotes

Corrie: [Final lines of the film] Papa, when I grow up, I'm going to marry a man just like you.
Jack Griffith: You do, and I won't let him in the house.
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Referenced in Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1963) See more »

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Call Me Irresponsible
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by Jackie Gleason
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Heartwarming comedy from multi-talented Gleason
10 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

No one could play a "boozer" for laughs in films or on TV better than Jackie Gleason or Red Skelton. But in "Papa's Delicate Condition," Gleason doesn't teeter or totter for laughs. Rather, in a more refined role, his drinking might be called "medicinal" mishaps. Here, he is a big-hearted man whose good nature gets more good-natured with the help of a little spirits.

This is a warm-hearted story, based on the real-life memoirs of the little girl, the apple of Gleason's eye. His drinking is sufficiently camouflaged, and more alluded to than shown, so that the film can carry off the humor in the plot, and not deny the pathos of a family affected by alcohol.

It's good, light-hearted entertainment for the whole family. It's also a good example of the acting talents of Gleason, who was more commonly known for his TV comedy sit-com and shows, and his band and music writing.


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