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The Impossible Years (1968)

The eldest daughter of a Professor of Psychology at a large conservative university causes havoc, and great embarrassment, for her father with her free-willed and uninhibited lifestyle.


Michael Gordon


Bob Fisher (play), Arthur Marx (play) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Niven ... Jonathan Kingsley
Lola Albright ... Alice Kingsley
Chad Everett ... Richard Merrick
Ozzie Nelson ... Dr. Herbert Fleischer
Cristina Ferrare ... Linda Kingsley
Jeff Cooper ... Bartholmew Smuts
John Harding John Harding ... Dean Harvey Rockwell
Rich Chalet Rich Chalet ... Freddie Fleischer
Michael McGreevey ... Andy McClaine
Darleen Carr ... Abbey Kingsley
Don Beddoe ... Dr. Elliot Fish
Louise Lorimer ... Mrs. Celia Fish
Karen Norris Karen Norris ... Mrs. Rockwell
Susan French ... Miss Hammer
Trudi Ames Trudi Ames ... Francine


The eldest daughter of a Professor of Psychology at a large conservative university causes havoc, and great embarrassment, for her father with her free-willed and uninhibited lifestyle.

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The Battle of the Ages! The Undergraduates vs. The Over-Thirties!


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Release Date:

5 December 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Minha Filha é Um Problema See more »

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Production Co:

Marten Pictures See more »
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Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


From a January 1967 article in the Los Angeles Times, Peter Sellers was announced as the lead, but David Niven was signed by May. See more »


Abbey (Darleen Carr) sits on the stairs to watch the confrontation between her father and the three boys he plans to question about their relationship with her sister. Her mother orders her out to the pool, and just as she does so, the shadow of the boom microphone passes over the banister behind Abbey. See more »


Linda Kingsley: [her parents are trying to get her to clean up her very messy room] How can you make such a big deal out of one little messy room when this whole world is flying apart? Crime on the streets! Strontium-90 in our milk! Push-button warfare! Why, do you realize that at any moment, we might be *blasted* off the face of this earth?
Jonathan Kingsley: All right. So we'll be blasted. But when we are, you are going with a clean room!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits appear as signs on sticks mimicking the ones being held by student protesters in the background. See more »


Referenced in Lionpower from MGM (1967) See more »


The Impossible Years
Words and Music by The Tokens
Sung by The Cowsills
Courtesy of MGM Records
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Protesting with The Cowsills
28 September 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

College psychiatry professor David Niven (as Jonathan Kingsley) and wife Lola Albright (as Alice) are shocked when beautiful 17-year-old daughter Cristina Ferrare (as Linda) is arrested at a campus protest. She is charged with disturbing the peace, inciting to riot, resisting arrest, and unlawful assembly on university property. Ms. Ferrare is also caught carrying a picket sign with an unsavory word written on its backside. She claims to have never turned the sign around to see the naughty word - an impossible plot detail, unless she's lying. Ferrare also smokes cigarettes, gets caught speeding, and keeps a messy room.

"The Impossible Years" comes across like it's daring to fight "the sexual revolution" along the "generation gap" front. But, like many 1960s sex comedies, nothing really untoward actually happens. It's a smoke and mirrors story with a good cast - including highly likable supporting TV stars Chad Everett and Ozzie Nelson. Near legendary photographer William Daniels and director Michael Gordon do a good job with the limited sets. Since Mr. Gordon is the grandfather of accomplished actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, you've got to wonder if, eventually, everyone in movies will be proved related.

The "picket sign" title sequence is nicely done, and features a catchy title song sung by The Cowsills. The tune was finally released on the underrated group's 1994 CD reissue of their first LP "The Cowsills"; previously, "The Impossible Years" was hidden away on a 45 RPM B-side. After the opening, you can stick around for beautiful bikini-clad Ferrare and her young friends. The comedy is dated, innocent, and not so funny, except for an occasional line; it's interesting to hear "I'm glad they passed Medicare!" was once a way to irk the family doctor.

***** The Impossible Years (9/13/68) Michael Gordon ~ David Niven, Cristina Ferrare, Lola Albright, Chad Everett

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