Fifty-something Edith Lambert is thrilled to find out that she's going to have a baby. Her husband Harry, however, is less enthusiastic.

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Harry M. Lambert
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Edith Lambert
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Middle-aged Harry lives comfortably with his wife Edith and his daughter and her husband. Though rather sour and a bit mean, he is in fact content. So when Edith finds she is pregnant again he is anything but overjoyed. Apart from the changes it will mean, he is now seen as some sort of older superman in town. Meanwhile his daughter sees child bearing as a way out of the extra housework she is having to do, the achievement of which starts to put pressure on her increasingly tired husband. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Broadway's bouncingest bundle of joy... on the screen. See more »

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4 November 1965 (USA)  »

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Das Baby und der Haustyrann  »

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Paul Ford was nominated for a best actor Tony Award for the role of Harry Lambert. See more »

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Late in the movie, a phonograph on a table at the foot of the stairs alternates between being crooked on the table, and being aligned with the table edge. See more »

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Referenced in Saint Maybe (1998) See more »

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Spirit of Independence
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Music by Abe Holzmann
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Paul Ford in Role of a Lifetime
10 August 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Film version of the hit Broadway play that ran for over 1,000 performances. Original stars Paul Ford and Maureen O'Sullivan repeat their stage performances as the middle-aged couple dealing with a surprise pregnancy.

Filmed in Concord, Massachusetts, this movie perfectly captures "small town" America just before the 60s went nuts. Affluent Harry and Edith Lambert live in a big house where Harry rants and fumes about everything, especially his daughter Katie (Connie Stevens) and her husband Charlie (Jim Hutton) who live with them. The young marrieds are just big children, depending on poor Edith to do everything for them (cook, clean, do laundry), until Edith breaks the news of her pregnancy.

To make matters worse here, Charlie works for Harry in his local business. As Harry and Edith grapple with the pregnancy, Katie and Charlie are forced to grow up and accept responsibility for their own lives. Sweet and funny, the domestic situations ring a bell even today with the trend of grown children who continue to live with their parents.

Ford and O'Sullivan are excellent. Hutton and Stevens are good. Co-stars include Lloyd Nolan as the mayor, Jane Wyatt as a family friend, Henry Jones as the doctor, Jesslyn Fax as the saleslady, Claude Stroud as the out-of-town friend, and Timothy Hutton as the boy.

When Warners bought the rights to the play, they intended to get big-name stars but eventually went with the original Broadway stars and it's a good thing. Ford and O'Sullivan know their characters inside out.


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