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Widower and hamburger restaurateur Harvey Howard decides to go to college at 51 years of age. Resisting the easy path, he insists on not receiving preferential treatment, and lives in a ... See full summary »

Director:

Blake Edwards

Writers:

Tom Waldman (screenplay), Frank Waldman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Harvey Howard
Fabian ... Gil Sparrow
Tuesday Weld ... Joy Elder
Nicole Maurey ... Prof. Helene Gauthier
Richard Beymer ... Bob Bannerman
Patrick Adiarte ... T.J. Padmanagham
Jimmy Boyd ... Robert Higgson
Yvonne Craig ... Randy 'Scoop' Pruitt
Gavin MacLeod ... Professor Thayer
Kenneth MacKenna ... President Byrne of Pinehurst
Nina Shipman Nina Shipman ... Laura Howard
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Storyline

Widower and hamburger restaurateur Harvey Howard decides to go to college at 51 years of age. Resisting the easy path, he insists on not receiving preferential treatment, and lives in a dorm like the other students despite the disapproval of his grown son and daughter. As the years pass, and he gets involved in study sessions, fraternity initiations, and sporting events, he begins falling in love with Professor Gautier, the French teacher, but doesn't consider re-marrying appropriate. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Fabian and Tuesday Weld get Bing to go their way! See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1960 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Daddy See more »

Filming Locations:

Squaw Valley, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Irene Vernon. See more »

Goofs

During the Freshman bonfire sequence, the shadow of the camera and camera car can clearly be seen at the bottom right of the frame tracking a runner as he finishes a set of hurdles. See more »

Quotes

Harvey Howard Jr.: Father, I warn you, I can be pretty stubborn when I'm pushed!
Harvey Howard: So is your old man.
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Soundtracks

The Second Time Around
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
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Fun Time
6 February 2006 | by loblolly33See all my reviews

This is a pleasant and entertaining movie, with a good atmosphere. Some of the gags in it are forced, but the cast pulls it off with a good bit of aplomb, and the movie captures a lot of the good spirit of the late-50s and early-60s. It is also a good example of early Blake Edwards.

My family saw it at a drive-in movie. The scene that struck us most was a particularly amusing profile of a man caught in a "compromising position" during the school's drive to collect lumber for the school bonfire.

This film is probably pretty dated now, but is a good nostalgia piece, and a good vehicle for Bing Crosby.


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