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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2009
I saw this several times on videotape and hopefully it will be on DVD soon, because it is an enjoyable film. Jeanne Crain and William Holden play a young post WWII couple who are expecting their first child, but because of the housing crisis while he is finishing his education, they only have a temporary place to live which will soon have to vacated. Enter the retired University Professor, who feels at the prime of his life and a widower, that he shouldn't wait for nature to make him weaker and more useless, so he contemplates that after he finishes his last work, he will end it all, so to speak. However, Jeanne Crain's character Peggy bumps into the professor and in her excessive bubbling over, she gets him to admit that the housing administrator is a good friend of his, so she convinces him to let her say that she is also a friend, so she can more easily find a place to live. Only, once there the good friend of his knows of the professor's plan to end it all and sends Peggy and her husband over to the professor's available attic. Throughout the film, we see Peggy's growing hunger for knowledge and realize the hard time young brides had that weren't attending college to keep up with their husbands' education... how Peggy corners the retired professor to begin teaching again is one of the useful means that benefits all. It's a very bittersweet film... not sugarcoated with everything goes perfectly, but instead with the determination to thrive.