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Papa's Delicate Condition (1963)

Approved | | Comedy | 2 December 1964 (Argentina)
If Jack Griffith's wife doesn't like the color of a neighbor's house, he'll arrange for it to be a house of a different color. If the owner of the ice cream parlor doesn't believe in ... See full summary »

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Corinne Griffith (book), Jack Rose
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jackie Gleason ... Jack Griffith
Glynis Johns ... Amberlyn Griffith
Charles Ruggles ... Anthony Ghio
Laurel Goodwin Laurel Goodwin ... Augusta Griffith
Linda Bruhl Linda Bruhl ... Corrie
Ned Glass ... Mr. Sparrow
Murray Hamilton ... Mr. Harvey
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Mr. Keith
Charles Lane ... Mr. Cosgrove
Claude Johnson Claude Johnson ... Norman
Don Beddoe ... Mayor Ghio's Assistant
Juanita Moore ... Ellie
Trevor Bardette ... Stanley Henderson II
Ken Renard ... Walter
Benny Baker ... Douglas
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Storyline

If Jack Griffith's wife doesn't like the color of a neighbor's house, he'll arrange for it to be a house of a different color. If the owner of the ice cream parlor doesn't believe in selling triple banana splits for a penny, Jack will buy the establishment. And if Jack's little girl wants the pony in the circus parade, why not buy the entire circus! This last prank sends Amberlyn Griffith back to Texarkana c. 1900, where her father is running for his third term as mayor. Jack follows, bringing the entire circus. Written by Dale O'Connor <daleoc@interaccess.com>

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Follow the Gay Parade!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1964 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

La delicada condiciĆ³n de papĆ” See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Amro Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

A scene featuring a song called "Walking Happy" was edited out before the film's release but was later used in (and was the title for) a Broadway show in New York. As Jackie Gleason sings the tune, he and his on-screen daughter Linda Bruhl walk down a hometown street while Gleason sings about the people they meet along the way. The song was composed by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Sammy Cahn, both of whom also wrote "Call Me Irresponsible," which remained in the film. See more »

Quotes

Corrie: [Final lines of the film] Papa, when I grow up, I'm going to marry a man just like you.
Jack Griffith: You do, and I won't let him in the house.
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Connections

Referenced in Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed? (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Call Me Irresponsible
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by Jackie Gleason
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Screwball pathos
26 June 2001 | by missy_baxterSee all my reviews

This turn-of-the-century period piece defines a genre all its own: screwball pathos. Jackie is larger-than-life, outrageous, sings the Academy-award-winning Best Song ("Call Me Irresponsible") in self-deprecatory pathos, and is generally an irresponsible but frustratingly lovable alcoholic of a husband to Glynis Johns. Johns is marvelous as the wife at the end of her rope who really doesn't want to let go, but feels like she must for the good of her children. The result is not entirely successful, and elicits some consternation from me as a modern woman, but I know that's the wrong perspective. It's certainly memorable, and moves reasonably well, so it's worth a look if you haven't seen it.


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