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The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963)

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Eddie thinks it is time for his father to remarry. However, in his opinion his father's taste in women leaves much to be desired. He believes the girl next door would be a far better choice...


Vincente Minnelli


John Gay (screenplay), Mark Toby (based on the novel by)
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Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... Tom Corbett
Shirley Jones ... Elizabeth Marten
Stella Stevens ... Dollye Daly
Dina Merrill ... Rita Behrens
Roberta Sherwood Roberta Sherwood ... Mrs. Livingston
Ron Howard ... Eddie Corbett (as Ronny Howard)
Jerry Van Dyke ... Norman Jones


Eddie thinks it is time for his father to remarry. However, in his opinion his father's taste in women leaves much to be desired. He believes the girl next door would be a far better choice... Written by Timo Lamminjoki <lamminjo@pcu.helsinki.fi>

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Every boy needs a mother...even if Dad has to marry her! See more »


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English | Spanish

Release Date:

27 March 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El amor llamó dos veces See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Euterpe,Venice Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The movie Tom watches briefly and somewhat wistfully on TV before Eddie comes in to say he feels "real terrible" is Mogambo (1953). See more »


Even in 1963 smoking would not have been allowed in a radio studio due to nicotine deposits on electrical contacts, tape heads. etc. nor would food or drink ever be placed on the turntable stands where a slip could knock the arm off the record or dump liquid into the mechanism. See more »


[first lines]
Norman Jones: Wake up Manhattan. Come out of that warm, rosy dream, open those big, luscious eyes and meet a new, exciting day. I'm talking to you ravishing, delicious, madcap girls still in that warm, cozy bed. Now what you need is a nice, hot cup of coffee, Bentley Coffee of course. That rich, intoxicating aroma, that tantalizing blend that makes the senses reel and the pulses tingle.
Norman Jones: Look out! Don't burn those delicate, sensuous fingers. Why if anything should happen to those wild, ...
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Referenced in Charmed: The Courtship of Wyatt's Father (2004) See more »


Carnival of Venice
Written by Julius Benedict, adaptation by Adaptation by Pietro Frosini
Performed by John LaSalle (as The John LaSalle Jazz Combo) with Stella Stevens
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19 June 2013 | by rupieSee all my reviews

I tuned in to this one because I'm becoming a real Glenn Ford fan. I think he's a superb and underrated actor with a wide range, and he indeed shines in this charming and unpretentious flick. As far as all the comments about being dated and politically incorrect, I recall the admonition of my college history professor that we cannot judge past eras by the standards of the culture we live in. And this film is not that ancient. I and many viewers grew up in the era in which this movie was made, and considering things nowadays I wouldn't mind going back. Anyway, the film does have its flaws, primarily the speed with which Eddie goes from mourning to trying to get his Dad hitched again. It's a bit unnatural, but we should just suspend disbelief. The chemistry between father and son is what makes the film shine, and in this age of broken families and parents willing to discard their children, it's sadly nostalgic to see such devotion. The film never overplays Tom's relationship with his two paramours. Character development is well done, including the housemaid Mrs. Livngstone, who finally learns Spanish, only to find out she studied the wrong language. It's a charming and tender movie, and the production values are great. The color technology in films of that era was so superior to today's.

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