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Widower and hamburger restaurateur Harvey Howard decides to go to college at 51 years of age. Resisting the easy path, he insists on not receiving preferential treatment, and lives in a ... See full summary »

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Blake Edwards

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Tom Waldman (screenplay), Frank Waldman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Harvey Howard
Fabian ... Gil Sparrow
Tuesday Weld ... Joy Elder
Nicole Maurey ... Prof. Helene Gauthier
Richard Beymer ... Bob Bannerman
Patrick Adiarte ... T.J. Padmanagham
Jimmy Boyd ... Robert Higgson
Yvonne Craig ... Randy 'Scoop' Pruitt
Gavin MacLeod ... Professor Thayer
Kenneth MacKenna ... President Byrne of Pinehurst
Nina Shipman Nina Shipman ... Laura Howard
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Widower and hamburger restaurateur Harvey Howard decides to go to college at 51 years of age. Resisting the easy path, he insists on not receiving preferential treatment, and lives in a dorm like the other students despite the disapproval of his grown son and daughter. As the years pass, and he gets involved in study sessions, fraternity initiations, and sporting events, he begins falling in love with Professor Gautier, the French teacher, but doesn't consider re-marrying appropriate. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Fabian and Tuesday Weld get Bing to go their way! See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1960 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Daddy See more »

Filming Locations:

Squaw Valley, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Under the working title "Big Daddy", this film was originally planned as a vehicle for Gary Cooper. When Cooper's terminal illness prevented his appearing, Bing Crosby was brought in and the script revised to suit his talents. See more »

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As the "Freshman Bonfire" truck passes by the camera, the shadow of the camera rig can be clearly seen on the side of the truck and on the "Freshman Bonfire" sign. See more »

Quotes

Harvey Howard Jr.: Father, I warn you, I can be pretty stubborn when I'm pushed!
Harvey Howard: So is your old man.
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Nobody's Perfect
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
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Slight but a nice time-passer.
7 July 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"High Time" is a decent little time passer--pleasant but also not especially deep or significant. It begins with a rich older man, Harvey Howard (Bing Crosby) deciding to go to college. His snobby kids are dead against it but surprisingly the kids at the college take to Harvey very well and he forges many friendships as well as spends time with a pretty French teacher.

Like most films about college, you rarely see the folks going to classes, though there is more studying than usual! My only gripes about this film are two...the ending where Harvey 'flies' is pretty dumb and the relationship with the French teacher is oddly flat and unsatisfying. Not a bad film by any means but not one you should rush to see.


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