- Actors: Lucille Ball, Henry Fonda, Van Johnson, Louise Troy, Sidney Miller
- Directors: Melville Shavelson
- Writers: Melville Shavelson, Bob Carroll Jr., Helen Eileen Beardsley, Madelyn Davis, Mort Lachman
- Producers: Robert F. Blumofe
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
- Rated: NR (Not Rated)
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Fox Home Entertainme
- VHS Release Date: November 12, 2002
- Run Time: 111 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (766 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 6304546262
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,373 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A reviewer wrote that she was disappointed at the children's disrespect toward the adults. But I thought the children's less than perfect behavior was essential to the film and the film's message. Yeah, having children, be it three or eighteen, is a burden. There's no guarantee they'll be grateful for the sacrifices you make for them or that they'll allow you to have any sort of life of your own. The children in the film are not angels. Few are. Indeed, I would argue they're rather normal, with the scales leaning heavily toward good. They're bratty, tender, difficult, warm, self-centered and giving. That's the beauty of life and humanity and it's more or less what Fonda tried to explain to Lucy's oldest daughter when she questioned him about sex. "You tell him that this is what it's all about."
Notice how the film places a certain amount of focus on Tim Matheson's character. Early on, he spikes Lucy's drink and then giggles as she humiliates herself. (Shades of the "Otter" character he would play ten years later.) But eventually he decides that she's not so bad - at about the time, not coincidentally, that he's becoming a man - then he accepts her and, being a natural leader like his father, persuades his siblings to elect her "our mother, for life".
That scene, indeed the whole film, would not have worked had the children been so unrealistically and quickly accepting of the stepmother.Read more ›
The film's credibility is enhanced by the fact that it is based on a true story. The real life heroine, Helen Beardsley, died three years ago in California at age 70 of Parkinson's disease.
The story concerns two large families coming together to make one enormous, disfuntional family (18 in all.) Henry Fonda is perfect as the Naval officer/father of 10, and shows quite a flare for comedy here, while trying to balance his military career and his new marrige. Lucy is hilarious as the zany Mother of 8, and as Fonda's new wife she shows us a touch of her tender side as she lovingly trys to bring these two families together.
There are some really funny scenes here like the 60's swinger bar scene, (That roving eye lash is a laugh riot,) and a drunken Lucy at the dinner table is a classic!
This is a great movie for the whole family, no cussing, the writing is sophisticated and light sexual overtones are handled in a very discrete way. I hardily recommend this movie.
The movie is about a widow, Helen North, a nurse for the Navy, who has eight children. She meets Navel officer Frank Beardsley, a widower, who has ten children (one of his sons, Mike, is played by Tim Matheson). They begin dating and soon they're married.. Although, the kids aren't very happy about their parents marrying new people. But the family is in for a shock while Frank is away at sea!
Also starring Van Johnson, this is a fantastic, heartwarming comedy that the entire family will enjoy. Lucille Ball, as usual, is hysterical and Henry Fonda is charming and just as funny. This is one of Lucy's best performances!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely adore this movie! I have watched it more than any other. So many wonderful actors, filmed in the 1960's - perfect.Published 3 days ago by CRS
I really love this movie, and have ever since first seeing it! So glad it was available for streaming rental. Family-friendly film with a little adult humor between the lines. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Alicia Hinesley
This is another one of my ALL TIME favorite movies! I have an old VHS copy, but now I can watch in on DVD anytime I want!Published 29 days ago by Beth Cram
One of the greatest movies of all time. Way better than the re-make. Always go original!Published 1 month ago by jade
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