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Industrial designer Howard Osborne (Clifton Webb) wants his daughter Jacqueline (Anne Francis), shortened to Jake by her efficient-minded father, to follow in his footsteps and study abroad. But, following her graduation dance, she finds herself in the arms of and in love with her psychology professor, Matt Reagan (William Lundigan), and they decide to elope, telling only her godfather. He, when the Osbornes discovering Jake missing, tells them of her plans. They descend furiously on the Reagans, only to find Matt's father, (Tom (Charles Bickford), equally upset at the news. The two families, with a great dislike for each other, start off for a marriage mill across the state line, and join forces when the Reagan car breaks down. Meanwhile, Jake and Matt quarrel and decide they have made a mistake and start for home.Written by
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A great director, a wonderful cast, a skilled director of photography and lots of studio gloss results in a stinker of a movie, redeemed only by Clifton Webb's mugging and one medium-sized interaction by Evelyn Varden and Margalo Gillmore as they discuss small children. Otherwise this script is too studio bound, with the more interesting players stuffed into a car and Anne Francis -- looking gorgeous as always and particularly and appropriately vivacious, is stuck with William Lundigan, one of the more uninteresting leading men of the era.
This is a great pity as I went in hoping and expecting to like this movie. But the script is pretty much of a stinker.
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