Horace Ford is a toy designer. He is enthusiastic about what he does and has fond memories of the games he played as a child. Lately, he is forever talking about his childhood, obssessing in fact, over those little childhood moments that brought him great joy. His mother however doesn't quite remember their time living on Randolph St. as such a great time in their lives. He goes to visit his old neighborhood but when he gets there, he seems to have stepped back in time. He returns to the street several times and the scene repeats itself over and over. He realizes his childhood wasn't the wonderful time he remembered. Written by
Horace Maxwell Ford was born in June 1925. See more »
Although the flashback scenes take place in June 1935, a poster for the 1938 film The Toy Wife is seen. See more »
Mr. Horace Ford, who has a preoccupation with another time, a time of childhood, a time of growing up, a time of street games, stickball and hide-'n-go-seek. He has a reluctance to go check out a mirror and see the nature of his image: proof positive that the time he dwells in has already passed him by. But in a moment or two, he'll discover that mechanical toys and memoires and daydreaming and wishful thinking and all manner of odd and special events can lead one into a ...
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While one can't fault an actor for a script that is sometime incomprehensible, Pat Hingle's Horace Ford is about as unlikeable as a character can get. I'm not sure if we are supposed to sympathize with his demons or see him as a silly child of a man. I would have been interested in seeing how the writers would have explained how he ever got married (and to a pretty attractive woman, for that matter). He is whiny and self centered, living in the past. His boss should be considered a saint for putting up with him. I suppose he could be called an eccentric genius, but he never really accomplishes much. He drops into long, insufferable trips down memory lane. He and his wife also live with his mother in a terribly unhealthy circumstance. She treats him like a little boy but depends on his fairly healthy income. He has responsibilities but can't abide even a bit of criticism. He longs to be back on the street where he grew up (which is apparently within walking distance of his home). One day he finds himself back many years, facing the kids with whom he grew up. They are snotty nosed, toothless bullies who steal from people and harass shopkeepers and bystanders. He seems unable to connect with them and ends up back at the apartment to the relief of his loved ones. Something about his life is being tested but we don't know what it is. The problem is that one gets the jitters just watching his erratic, chaotic behavior. The conclusion is also quite hard to comprehend.
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