The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963)


“Why, there’s women who would marry you this very minute for the equipment you have in this apartment.” – Mrs. Livingston

Number of Times Seen – 2 (7 Jul 2001 and 18 Mar 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A recently widowed man much try and raise his young son as he tries to move on with his life.

My Take on it – This is a film that saw nearly 17 years ago and it has always stayed in my mind ever since.

The way that this film is presented is done in a very enjoyable yet poignant way since it does deal with death and moving forward for a man and his son.

Glenn Ford is great in the lead and does a wonderful job of giving off a fatherly presence for his young son played by a very young Ron Howard.

The fact that this film gives him three women who are trying to court him (and his son) works really well and we can feel for each of those varying relationships.

Ford has great chemistry with all three women (Shirley Jones, Stella Stevens and Dina Merrill) and we can believe all three of these relationships.

Loved the way that this film surprised me in that it shares so many parallels and connections with Sleepless in Seattle (1993) since they both share a very similar theme.

This film shows how such a story can be told in a proper and poignant way especially when dealing with very touchy subjects.

Bottom Line – Such an enjoyable and poignant film. Ford is great in the lead and really gives off a very endearing fatherly presence to a young Ron Howard. The fact that he has three women trying to court him lets us get some funny situations that he must find a way to navigate through. Ford has great chemistry with the 3 leading ladies and it really works well. Was so surprised to see so many connections and parallels to Sleepless in Seattle (1993) which shows how such a story can be told in the proper way. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Portrays one of the first TV wireless remotes shown in any feature film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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4 thoughts on “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963)

  1. Always liked Glenn Ford – who at one time was a Top 10 Box Office star. This led to a long running TV series with Bill Bixby (the Hulk) in the Glenn Ford role.

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