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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.

Director:

Melville Shavelson

Writers:

Bob Carroll Jr. (story), Madelyn Davis (story) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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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Storyline

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 | French | Cantonese | Japanese

Release Date:

24 April 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Deine, meine, unsere See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Helen Eileen Beardsley (who wrote the book Who Gets the Drumsticks? on which this was based) died 26 April 2000, aged 70, Healdsburg, California, USA (Parkinson's disease). See more »

Goofs

When Lucille is holding baby in the hospital, it is wrapped in a blue blanket. She clearly asks the nurse "Could you hold HIM up to the window so they could see HIM? The baby is a BOY. However, in the closing scene when the oldest son leaves, the Baby is clearly wrapped in pink which in 1968 meant a girl. See more »

Quotes

Family Doctor: What you have is a simple case of pregnancy. P-R-E-G...
Helen North: Doctor, if anyone knows how to spell it, I do!
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Remade as Mazhalai Pattalam (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Yours, Mine and Ours
(uncredited)
Music by Fred Karlin
Lyrics by Ernie Sheldon
[sung by chorus over main titles]
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...And Baby Makes... 21?
21 March 2006 | by nycriticSee all my reviews

YOURS, MINE, AND OURS reunites Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda, who had worked together in the 1942 B-film THE BIG STREET, the former a heavy-handed drama making a contrast to this lightweight comedy. Reminiscent of CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN, the premise -- a man and woman, both with a huge family, meet, fall in love, and marry -- would be unbelievable if it weren't true.

Based on the autobiographical novel by Helen Eileen Beardsley, YOURS, MINES, AND OURS is a blueprint of sorts of future television shows "The Brady Bunch" and "Eight is Enough" but amps it up to eleven. While on those shows we never got to see just how a real household was handled (being situation programs, their stories were resolved in minimal time), here we get glimpses of what happens at dinnertime, or how groceries get done, and it's those trivial things that keep the charming story in check instead of throwing it into la-la land. Both Fonda and Ball are well-matched and have funny scenes together despite that both actors were a little too old for their characters, but it's not even a minor contrivance. Very enjoyable, witty, sunny: just what this kind of movie should be.


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