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Bon Voyage! (1962)

Not Rated | | Family, Comedy, Adventure | 17 May 1962 (USA)
The Willards from Terre Haute, Indiana, travels abroad for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation in Paris, France. Harry Willard believes that the greatest problem will be avoiding tap water, but ... See full summary »

Director:

James Neilson

Writers:

Marrijane Hayes (book), Joseph Hayes (book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fred MacMurray ... Harry Willard
Jane Wyman ... Katie Willard
Michael Callan ... Nick O'Mara
Deborah Walley ... Amy Willard
Jessie Royce Landis ... Countessa 'La Comtesse' DuFresne
Tommy Kirk ... Elliott Willard
Georgette Anys Georgette Anys ... Madame Clebert
Kevin Corcoran ... Skipper Willard
Ivan Desny ... Rudolph Hunschak
Françoise Prévost ... The Girl
Alex Gerry ... Horace Bidwell
Howard Smith ... Judge Henderson (as Howard I. Smith)
Max Showalter ... The Tight Suit (as Casey Adams)
James Millhollin ... Ship's librarian
Marcel Hillaire ... Sewer Guide
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The Willards from Terre Haute, Indiana, travels abroad for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation in Paris, France. Harry Willard believes that the greatest problem will be avoiding tap water, but bringing his three children will prove to be more troublesome. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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A holiday spree in gay Paree! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Transport to Europe was filmed on the S.S. United States which, as of 2017, still exists and is rusting away in South Philadelphia. See more »

Quotes

[on the beach at Cannes, Harry and Skipper are watching Elliott chat up a pretty French girl, as the girl's mother looks on disapprovingly]
Skipper Willard: How do you like Elliott's new moustache, Dad?
Harry Willard: I think I like the one on the girl's mother better.
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Worth a watch - just not one I'll be revisiting any time soon
5 July 2020 | by r96skSee all my reviews

Just about stands up as a good film in my books.

'Bon Voyage!' is probably disappointing overall, but there's enough produced for it to be deemed marginally positively. The overcooked run time and overly seriously taken plot is what holds this back.

There's also a frustrating lack of adventure too, especially after the opening few scenes seem to indicate a fun journey is on the way around Europe - instead they just toddled about around France, whilst trying to force through heartwarming narratives which don't really come off.

The strongest part of this film is its cast, which is more than decent. Fred MacMurray is unsurprisingly the star as Harry, but Jane Wyman (Katie) and Tommy Kirk (Elliott) give performances which I mostly liked. Kevin Corcoran isn't annoying either, this is the type of role where what he brings to the table actually works well enough.

The film is shot very nicely across land and ocean, though it is mostly outdated in how it portrays some aspects. Still, a film worth a watch - just not one I'll be revisiting any time soon.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bon Voyage - ¡Por Fin Paris! See more »

Filming Locations:

Côte d'Azur, France See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$11,990,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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