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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 condición de papá 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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Jackie Gleason shines in Papa's Delicate Condition
11 May 2014 | by tavmSee all my reviews

After years of reading about this movie, I finally checked out Papa's Delicate Condition from my local library several days ago. Jackie Gleason plays a railroad supervisor who occasionally drinks which makes him a little generous when trying to please his youngest daughter, Corrie, (Linda Bruhl) to the consternation of his elder daughter, Augusta, (Laurel Goodwin) and wife, Amberlyn, (Glynis Johns). When Corrie wants a pony, he buys the circus that goes with it. He also buys a drugstore in order to keep a young man employed there and the mean previous owner (Charles Lane) off his back. Quite funny and touching is Gleason's performance and it's a hoot seeing him singing, "Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey" but also touching when also hearing him warbling "Call Me Irresponsible" when his family temporarily abandons him. That song was original to the film and was good enough to win the Oscar for Best Song for James Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn. Maybe the ending was a bit pat but it was believable enough for me. So on that note, I recommend Papa's Delicate Condition. P.S. As always, I like citing when a player from my favorite movie, It's a Wonderful Life, is in another one and here, it's Mr. Lane.


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