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Yours, Mine and Ours (1968)

Unrated | | Comedy, Family | 24 April 1968 (USA)
A widower with ten children falls for a widow with eight, and they must decide about forming a huge, unconventional family.

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Melville Shavelson

Writers:

Bob Carroll Jr. (story), Madelyn Davis (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucille Ball ... Helen North Beardsley
Henry Fonda ... Frank Beardsley
Van Johnson ... Warrant Officer Darrel Harrison
Louise Troy ... Madeleine Love
Sidney Miller ... Dr. Ashford
Tom Bosley ... Family Doctor
Nancy Howard Nancy Howard ... Nancy Beardsley
Walter Brooke ... Howard Beardsley
Tim Matheson ... Mike Beardsley (as Tim Matthieson)
Gil Rogers Gil Rogers ... Rusty Beardsley
Nancy Roth Nancy Roth ... Rosemary Beardsley
Gary Goetzman ... Greg Beardsley
Morgan Brittany ... Louise Beardsley (as Suzanne Cupito)
Holly O'Brien Holly O'Brien ... Susan Beardsley
Michele Tobin Michele Tobin ... Veronica Beardsley
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When a widower with 10 children marries a widow with 8, can the 20 of them ever come together as one big happy family? From finding a house big enough for all of them and learning to make 18 school lunches, to coping with a son going off to war and an unexpected addition to the family, Yours, Mine and Ours attempts to blend two families into one and hopes to answer the question Is bigger really better? Written by April M. Cheek <Aravis2713@aol.com>

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A Honeymoon is No Place to Have Kids! See more »

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Comedy | Family

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deine, meine, unsere See more »

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Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,912,624
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Mono

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1.85 : 1
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The baby born at the end of the movie is Joseph John Beardsley. He was born in the early hours of 14 July 1962. See more »

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In the dispensary, when the scene freezes so that Van Johnson can talk to the camera, a bus can be seen passing by the window (at 37:14 on the DVD). See more »

Quotes

Howard Beardsley: Is, uh, is this the Beardsleys' new house?
Nancy Beardsley: We've come to deliver the babies.
Family Doctor: Oh, have a heart! Leave them on somebody else's doorstep.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror XXII (2011) See more »

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Yours, Mine and Ours
(uncredited)
Music by Fred Karlin
Lyrics by Ernie Sheldon
[sung by chorus over main titles]
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Funny, uplifting film
11 October 2002 | by mikwalenSee all my reviews

I saw this in the movies back in 1968, when it was first released (I was about 5), and I've loved it since. Helen North (Lucy) is a widow with 8 kids, and Frank Beardsley (Fonda)is a navy captain with 10. They fall in love, and of course, bedlam ensues as they try to unite two families. Oh boy!!! Battling step-siblings, arguments over who gets which bedroom, resentments toward the new step-parents, etc. It ends happily, though, with the family pulling together to welcome the new baby (#19!) and learning to love and live together as a happy family.

Lucy plays her role with wonderful, motherly warmth. You can actually see the love she has for each of those children, and her deep desire to have her new step-children love her. However - she does treat us to some delightful "Lucy"-ish antics. The scene in a crowded bar involving a wandering false eyelash and an uncooperative dress are absolutely classic - exactly the kind of comedy Lucy can do like no one else. And yet, these antics DO NOT dominate her performance or the film. They are just little "treats" thrown in every so often. Watch her expression, in the next to last scene, when Fonda's children tell her that she has been "adopted-as our mother, for life". Henry Fonda brings a nice, crisp authority to his role - it would have been easy to have made this man a caricature. A scene towards the end, where Lucy's oldest daughter turns to him for comfort and advice after dumping her oily boyfriend is lovely. Van Johnson has some good lines as Fonda's best friend. The kids are all very well cast, and included some "stars to be" - Tim Matheson, Tracy Nelson (she's one of the very youngest kids), Morgan Brittany (billed as Suzanne Cupito) and Eric Shea, better known as the "Robin" in POSEIDON ADVENTURE.

In all, a heartwarming film, with a strong emphasis on life, second chances, and a very positive spin on beauty and bond of family love.


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