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Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 May 2021)
Brief Synopsis – A successful business decides to take a leave of absence from his restaurant franchise in order to get a college education.
My Take on it –This is another film that I had never heard of before coming across it in my research for this blogathon and was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable and entertaining it was.
Great premise that works so well due to the performance of Bing Crosby in the lead role.
The story itself might sound like an older version of Back to School (1986), but this film works so much better because of the tone of it all.
Crosby is perfectly cast as the lead here and his youthful vibrance helps keep the story moving in a believable way.
The age difference between him and his fellow students is probably around 30 years, yet he finds ways for his character to fit in and become “one of the guys”.
The way that the character is torn between the youthful recklessness of college students and his mature look on life is played out really well and helps keep things quite enjoyable throughout.
The way that the film deals with 4 years of a time span is also done well and despite parts of the story feeling a bit truncated, it still comes across in a pretty realistic fashion throughout.
Love the way that they manage to integrate Crosby’s musical skills into the story and that just enhances things along the way.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Under the working title “Big Daddy”, this film was originally planned as a vehicle for Gary Cooper. When Cooper’s terminal illness prevented his appearing, Bing Crosby was brought in and the script revised to suit his talents. (From IMDB)
Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)
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