GenreComedy, Drama, Family Duration LanguageEnglish
Release date1963 (1963) Based onThe Courtship of Eddies Father
by Mark Toby WriterJohn Gay (screenplay), Mark Toby (based on the novel by) AdaptationsThe Courtship of Eddies Father (1969) CastGlenn Ford (Tom Corbett), Shirley Jones (Elizabeth Marten), Stella Stevens (Dollye Daly), Ron Howard (Eddie Corbett), Dina Merrill (Rita Behrens), Roberta Sherwood (Mrs. Livingston) Similar moviesInterstellar, Dan in Real Life, John Wick, Sexual Chronicles of a French Family, Cake, Nanny McPhee
TaglineEvery boy needs a mother...even if Dad has to marry her!
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The Courtship of Eddie's Father is a 1963 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer romantic comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli, and stars Glenn Ford as a widowed father and Ron Howard as his caring son. The film was based on a 1961 novel by Mark Toby, as was the ABC-TV series of the same name with Bill Bixby and Brandon Cruz, which ran from 1969 to 1972.
Young Eddie Corbett (Ron Howard) tries his best to be a matchmaker for his widowed father, Tom (Glenn Ford). At first, sexy Dollye Daly (Stella Stevens) seems promising, but she ends up falling in love with and marrying Tom's friend and radio colleague, Norman Jones (Jerry Van Dyke).
Tom becomes attracted to a sophisticated socialite, Rita Behrens (Dina Merrill). They begin considering marriage, but Eddie takes an immediate dislike to Rita and she does not know how to deal with Eddie (nor does she particularly want to learn). In the end, Tom chooses his son over her.
Through all this, the Corbetts are supported by their new housekeeper, Mrs. Livingston (Roberta Sherwood), and by their divorced next-door neighbor, Elizabeth Marten (Shirley Jones). It takes a crisis for Tom to realize what has been under his nose all the time.
Glenn Ford as Tom Corbett
Ron Howard as Eddie
Shirley Jones as Elizabeth
Dina Merrill as Rita
Stella Stevens as Dollye
Jerry Van Dyke as Norman
Roberta Sherwood as Mrs. Livingston
Film rights to the novel were bought by MGM prior to publication for $100,000 in 1961. The Chicago Tribune called the novel "deeply moving, and at the same time, very funny."
Producer Joe Pasternak assigned John Gay to write the script and hired Glenn Ford to star. Shirley Jones accepted her role in part because she did not have to sing.
Roberta Sherwood, a nightclub singer and TV entertainer, made her film debut.
Pasternak says he interviewed hundreds of children to play Eddie but as soon as he talked to Ron Howard "I knew he was right."
The bowling alley sequence was filmed at the now-defunct Paradise Bowl, located at 9116 South Sepulveda Boulevard in Los Angeles (two miles north of LAX).