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When a widower with 10 children marries a widow with 8, can the 20 of them ever come together as one big happy family? From finding a house big enough for all of them and learning to make 18 school lunches, to coping with a son going off to war and an unexpected addition to the family, Yours, Mine and Ours attempts to blend two families into one and hopes to answer the question Is bigger really better? Written by
April M. Cheek <Aravis2713@aol.com>
Helen and Frank met a little differently than in the movie. In her book, "Who Gets The Drumstick?"after Helen moved to San Francisco, she wanted to honor her dead husband's wishes by enrolling her children in parochial school. She finally found a school run by a nun, Mother Superior Sister Mary Eleanor. As she was enrolling her children in the school, Helen told Sister Mary that she was a widow with eight children. Sister Mary then confided to Helen that she has a brother with ten children who recently lost his wife to complications from diabetes. Helen asked Sister for Frank Beardsley's address and she sent Frank a copy of a prayer that she clipped out which gave comfort on dealing with a loss of a spouse. Encouraged by her brother and sister, Helen went on a batch of unsuccessful blind dates. When a friend's husband died, Helen wanted to send her a copy of the prayer that she sent Frank. She wrote to Frank asking for a copy of the prayer. Frank sent it back and a correspondence immediately began between Helen and Frank which finally led to another blind date. This time sparks flew between them. See more »
In the Scene where Van Johnson meets the combined family for the first time, the kids wipe their hands on his uniform shirt, leaving raspberry jam and indelible ink stains. First is the raspberry, then the ink, but when we see the front of his shirt after the ink is applied, we can't see the jam. In the very next scene, the shirt is spotless. See more »
[Helen is about to have a baby]
I know this is a terrible time to talk about it, but Larry says...
I've got a message for Larry. You tell him this is what it's all about. This is the real happening. If you want to know what love really is, take a look around you.
What are you two talking about?
Take a good look at your mother.
It's giving life that counts. Until you're ready for it, all the rest is just a big fraud. All the crazy haircuts in the world won't keep it...
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Lucille Ball has always been a favorite actress/comedienne of mine, and so this vehicle, Yours, Mine and Ours, was a good showcase for her talents. One year later, Florence Henderson was to "reprise" the same role in the Brady Bunch TV series. This movie has it over the Bradys hands down. When all of the kids that belonged to Henry Fonda's character met Lucille Balls' character for the first time, they got her drunk. Would never happen on the Brady Bunch. And all those kids! I think it was either 19 or 20! Much more responsibility in this combined household. Don't forget shopping day, with the caravan of shopping carts, I'm surprised collateral didn't have to be put up for the groceries. The idea here is that the sheer enormity of this situation makes it so hilarious, along with all the petty jealousies and conflicts inherent in all families, creates a movie that viewers can relate to on several levels. You don't need to have 20 kids to appreciate the film. The Brady Bunch seemed too perfect. The Norths and the Beardsleys had to put some tough love and effort into this to make it work, and this is reflected in Yours, Mine, and Ours. See it just for the fun of it. Look for Tom Bosley (Howard Cunningham of Happy Days) as the family doctor. Great fun!
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