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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 »


George Marshall


Corinne Griffith (book), Jack Rose
Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Jackie Gleason ... Jack Griffith
Glynis Johns ... Amberlyn Griffith
Charles Ruggles ... Anthony Ghio
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 ... Norman
Don Beddoe ... Mayor Ghio's Assistant
Juanita Moore ... Ellie
Trevor Bardette ... Stanley Henderson II
Ken Renard ... Walter
Benny Baker ... Douglas


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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Did You Know?


The character of Corrie grew up in real life to become Silent Screen Star Corinne Griffith. The film is based on her memoirs. Later in her life, she was married to George Preston Marshall, the owner of the Washington pro football team, who gave the team the nickname that wasn't finally banished until 2020. See more »


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


Call Me Irresponsible
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by Jackie Gleason
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Heartwarming comedy from multi-talented Gleason
10 September 2012 | by SimonJackSee all my reviews

No one could play a "boozer" for laughs in films or on TV better than Jackie Gleason or Red Skelton. But in "Papa's Delicate Condition," Gleason doesn't teeter or totter for laughs. Rather, in a more refined role, his drinking might be called "medicinal" mishaps. Here, he is a big-hearted man whose good nature gets more good-natured with the help of a little spirits.

This is a warm-hearted story, based on the real-life memoirs of the little girl, the apple of Gleason's eye. His drinking is sufficiently camouflaged, and more alluded to than shown, so that the film can carry off the humor in the plot, and not deny the pathos of a family affected by alcohol.

It's good, light-hearted entertainment for the whole family. It's also a good example of the acting talents of Gleason, who was more commonly known for his TV comedy sit-com and shows, and his band and music writing.

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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


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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