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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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college | college initiation | See All (2) »

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Here's how to guarantee a high time! 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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At freshman registration, Harvey Howard states he is 51 years old, high school graduating class of 1929. He is registering for the college class of 1960, entering freshman year in 1956, subtract 51 years and he would be born in 1905. If he graduated high school in 1929 he would have been 24 years old when he graduated. See more »

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Harvey Howard: I was trying to prove that age isn't a matter of years, but of zest. Isn't every waking day a lifetime, and aren't we reborn every morning?
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Nobody's Perfect
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
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Bing With Younger Generation
25 April 2004 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This is one of the best Bing Crosby's later films. He only gets to sing two songs in it, The Second Time Around and It Came Upon A Midnight Clear during a Christmas hayride with some of the rest of his younger cast members.

Bing is 53 year old Harvey Howard, self made millionaire restaurant franchise owner, who's decided to go back and do a lot of the things he missed when he was younger which included a college education. That in itself is an intriguing character for me. I've met a lot of self made types in my life who think because they are successful and make a lot of money in one field, they're omni-competent. Just the fact that Harvey Howard IS going back to college to improve himself intellectually and broaden his horizons is a plus for me with this character.

I read an interview with Fabian once who said that Bing was great to work with and put him right at ease. Fabian had just done one feature film called Hound Dog Man and it was less than a success. After High Time he went on to a pretty good career in films during the sixties.

The Second Time Around was the last of 15 songs that Bing introduced in films that was nominated for an Academy Award, a record not likely to be broken. It lost to Never On Sunday. It was a million selling song, but ironically not by Bing. Frank Sinatra took the song and he made it a big hit, probably the only time in Bing's career this ever happened.

The kids are just fine, Fabian, Tuesday Weld, Richard Beymer (a year away from West Side Story)Patrick Adiarte. Gavin MacLeod has some very funny moments as Bing's comic nemesis and absent minded chemistry professor and Nicole Maurey strikes the right note as the French teacher that widower Crosby falls for.

A really great feel good movie.


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