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The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963)

Glenn Ford , Ron Howard , Vincente Minnelli  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Glenn Ford, Ron Howard, Shirley Jones, Stella Stevens, Dina Merrill
  • Directors: Vincente Minnelli
  • Writers: John Gay, Mark Toby
  • Producers: Joe Pasternak
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008MTY8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,312 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Courtship of Eddie's Father" on IMDb

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The film that started the classic TV series. Although he's only seven, Eddie's got it all figured out. He wants his father, a widower, to get remarried - to the girl next door. Unfortunately, she's not one of the women that his dad's been dating. Sweet family comedy.

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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
"The Courtship Of Eddie's Father" was made in 1962 and released in movie theaters in March 1963. It's a mix of romantic comedy and drama, with a good blend of sad but poignant moments and funny ones too (including a few 'fall-on-the-floor' segments of hilarity). And the "through-the-eyes-of-Eddie" ending is just perfect.

Most of the really funny scenes in the film are supplied by 8-year-old Ronny Howard, who makes his way through a rollercoaster of emotions in the movie, and still stays on the rails of "believability" while doing so, IMO. He's very funny at times in "Courtship", and also is able to turn on the water works as needed too. I, myself, have never seen a better child actor up on the screen (big screen or small), although 11-year-old Dean Stockwell's performance in 1947's "Gentleman's Agreement" would rank pretty high in that category as well.

Ronny Howard made "Courtship" during a break in the filming of his TV series, "The Andy Griffith Show", on which Howard played "Opie Taylor" (probably the cutest kid ever on TV, especially during Season 1 of that popular and endearing sitcom). I'm guessing that this movie was filmed sometime between seasons two and three of the Griffith Show.

The intelligent and snappy script for "The Courtship Of Eddie's Father" dishes up several funny lines for Ronny ("Eddie Corbett") to speak, some of which you certainly are not liable to find residing within any script of Ronny's Andy Griffith television series. Such as when Eddie asks his father ("Tom Corbett"; played very nicely by 46-year-old Glenn Ford) the following question:

"Dad, what do the numbers mean after a lady's name? It says here {in this magazine} '40-18-35'.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a GREAT, CHARMING FILM! January 2, 2000
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I love this movie with Glenn Ford and Ronny Howard. It's a fun comedy yet touching. It's for people of all ages who would enjoy watching a charming movie. I've seen it many times and can't get enough of it. Glenn Ford portays a widower who is raising his child alone. Little Ronny Howard wants to make his dad happy by finding him a new wife. I suggest you purchase this movie and see it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars charming family comedy April 26, 2001
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Glenn Ford and Ronny Howard star in the wonderful family comedy THE COURTSHIP OF EDDIE'S FATHER, a warm, winning film directed by master showman Vincente Minnelli.
After his wife dies, Tom Corbett (Glenn Ford) is coping as best he can, now being one of New York's most eligible bachelors. His young son Eddie (Ronny Howard), however, has definite ideas about who he wants his father to marry. None other than the kindly young divorcee living across the hall, Elizabeth (Shirley Jones). Tom, however, is dating cold socialite Rita (Dina Merrill).
How father and son teach each other about life and love makes for unforgettable screen entertainment.
With Stella Stevens, Roberta Sherwood and Jerry Van Dyke.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not a review but rather a request.... August 17, 2007
This being one of my two favorite shows from this era (the other being Eight is Enough), I wish that the powers that be would release the TV series on DVD. I would purchase it immediately. No questions asked. What a wonderful, sweet series this was. I noticed that people were requesting that the distributors produce the Eight is Enough series on DVD in the Comments section when I tried to locate it as well, which gave me the idea to do that for this series here. To whom it may concern and who may have the ability to release this TV series on DVD, please do so as soon as possible! Thank you!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Edit: I wrote a long review years ago, when I first bought the film, which follows, but have to make an additional comment after re-watching the movie tonight:
The performance by Glenn Ford is beyond incredible, how he didn't get an Academy Award nomination for this movie is impossible to understand- The range he displays, from the tender, dramatic moments to the comedic elements, to a beautifully acted segment of his terror when Eddie briefly is missing to his well played out sexual tension with neighbor Shirley Jones- If you think you 'know' Glenn Ford, be sure to watch this movie. Glenn Ford in this film gives one of the best performances by any actor I have ever seen in my life. The entire cast is excellent, but Mr. Ford will stun you in this. I hope that he knew what truly great, heartbreaking, uplifting, and important work he did in this film. What an actor. **** Now, what I wrote a few years ago. BUY THIS MOVIE!
Vincente Minnelli directed, so visually it's incredible, did any other director pay such attention to set decor, lighting, and making his stars look beautiful? (The chief benefactors here are Dina Merrill, Shirley Jones, and Stella Stevens, all beautifully turned-out and photographed to their loveliest.)
Glenn Ford and Ron(nie) Howard both were deserving of Oscar nominations, i think it may be Ford's most versatile performance ever, and the very young Howard had remarkable range and his performance, i believe, stands the test of time and remains one of the best acting jobs by a child ever recorded on film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A wonderful, heart warming, family movie!! I watch it over and over.
Published 17 days ago by kathleen burns
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great movie. Its about a widowed father and son
This is a great movie. Its about a widowed father and son. Romance, heart ace, and choices they make. Done very well
Published 17 days ago by Joan Van Muijen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Delightful romantic comedy with Shirley Jones in a non-singing role, Glen Ford and "Opie". Later a television show.
Published 23 days ago by tlc
4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful movie!!!
A delightful movie!!!
Published 1 month ago by Evelyn S. Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great movie was very old school but worth it
Published 1 month ago by Peter H. L. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Always love Ron Howard in anything he does
Always love Ron Howard in anything he does. He's very good in this film and interacts with the adult veteran actors with ease.
Published 1 month ago by Moviegoer
4.0 out of 5 stars Matein-Movies
As a child I was grounded a lot and both my parents worked so I took advantage of the rabbit ear TV. This opportunity was a blessing and I became a movie aficionado. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Matein Movies
5.0 out of 5 stars Eddie has a loving Dad
An "old" movie but many times old and/or black & white movies focus us on the message of the movie & not the
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Published 2 months ago by Robert M. Kelley
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable entertainment.
A very good movie, with good performance from stars Glenn Ford, Shirley Jones, and Ron Howard, and a good supporting cast.
Published 2 months ago by Walter L. Miller, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming Classic!
This film is filled with charming moments. A great script delivers many memorable lines and heart warming laughter. Read more
Published 3 months ago by happycamper
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