San Francisco debutante, Jessica Poole, is marrying Napa Valley cattle rancher, Roger Henderson, and hopes her peripatetic father, "Pogo" Poole, whom she hasn't seen for years, comes to the...
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San Francisco debutante, Jessica Poole, is marrying Napa Valley cattle rancher, Roger Henderson, and hopes her peripatetic father, "Pogo" Poole, whom she hasn't seen for years, comes to the wedding. He arrives, disrupting the household of his ex-wife, Katharine, and her long-suffering husband, and befriending their cook, Toy. At first it seems that Pogo is set on breaking up the engagement, making up for years of neglect by wining and dining Jessica, showing up Roger as a hick, and enticing her to come to Europe with him. Then it seems his real goal is to win back Katharine's heart: why else would he have two tickets to Paris booked on a plane leaving right after the reception?Written by
The father's name Biddeford Poole is an inside joke, named for Biddeford Pool, a large tidal pool off Saco Bay in Maine. Playwright Samuel A. Taylor was a longtime summer resident in Maine. See more »
When asked by James, Mr. Sanford tells him that Popo's plane leaves at 6:30. However, when everyone arrives at the airport to see Pogo off, the sign at the departure gate clearly shows the departure time as 4:30. See more »
Beguiling comedy with a super cast and a lighter than air tone. Fred Astaire, dapper and dashing and Lilli Palmer, chic and knowing are masters of continental charm. Debbie is sweet as their daughter, she and Tab Hunter, much looser than usual even though his character is tightly bound, make a very attractive couple. Gary Merrill is humorously exasperated as Lilli's frustrated but loyal second husband. Charlie Ruggles a hoot as her father, absolutely priceless in his dry asides and unflappable manner. George Seaton directs with a sure hand keeping the tone breezy, standing back and allowing these pros to fill out their characters with their own personal magic. Full of beautiful views of San Francisco in the early 60's. A most pleasant diversion.
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