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The Impossible Years (1968)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  5 December 1968 (USA)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jonathan Kingsley
Lola Albright ...
Alice Kingsley
Richard Merrick
Ozzie Nelson ...
Dr. Herbert J. Fleischer
Linda Kingsley
Jeff Cooper ...
Bartholmew Smuts
John Harding ...
Dean Harvey Rockwell
Rich Chalet ...
Freddie Fleischer
Andy McClaine
Darleen Carr ...
Abbey Kingsley
Dr. Elliot Fish
Louise Lorimer ...
Mrs. Celia Fish
Karen Norris ...
Mrs. Rockwell
Susan French ...
Miss Hammer
Trudi Ames ...


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Referenced in Lionpower from MGM (1967) See more »


The Impossible Years
Words and Music by The Tokens
Sung by The Cowsills
Courtesy of MGM Records
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Just Impossible
17 June 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

As those who have read my reviews on his films before, David Niven carried more mediocre films on the strength of his charm than any other leading man I know. In this case he had something of a built in advance sale on a role, as The Impossible Years had a respectable two year run of 640 performances on Broadway. Would you believe that Alan King played the role on Broadway and I'm sure the interpretation was vastly different. In fact I'm sure King had to reach for his conception as part and parcel of his standup comedy routine was his experiences in suburbia as the father of two teenage sons which he was in real life.

The unflappable Niven plays a psychologist who has written on the subject of teens, but in his own life he and wife Lola Albright are having no better or worse time than thousands of others raising adolescents. Daughters Christina Ferrare and Darleen Carr are driving both of them to the edge. Especially the 17 year old Ferrare who has a lot of young males in heat buzzing around her. And one of them has rounded home and scored.

The play had to have been a bit more realistic to have enjoyed the run it did. The Code was down, but obviously this was being marketed to a family audience and a lot of it just didn't make sense. Most of all Ferrare's choice of male partner.

The Impossible Years is just plain impossible.

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