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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 »

Director:

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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college | college initiation | See All (2) »

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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

Director Blake Edwards replaced James B. Clark. See more »

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During the Freshman bonfire sequence, the shadow of the camera and camera car can clearly be seen at the bottom right of the frame tracking a runner as he finishes a set of hurdles. 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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Wonderful family fare in typical Blake Edward fashion.
5 September 1999 | by louisbSee all my reviews

This is Bing Crosby at his comical best. A very over-the-hill millionaire decides to return to college and get his degree. He goes through all the usual trials and tribulations of the normal undergraduate, including initiations, all-night crash studying, and falling in love. Unfortunately, at his age, his "girl" happens to be one of the faculty, and dating or marrying faculty members is forbidden. Even his kids (he's widowed) frown on his decisions and add to the comedy and light drama. This is one of director Blake Edward's best. A wonderful family movie with something for everyone.


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