Thanks again to Michaela of Love Letters to Hollywood for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s genre has been chosen by Me. Since the new James Bond film – No Time to Die (2021) is finally being released I have chosen that we will be reviewing our favorite Spy/Espionage Movies.
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Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
“There’s been great fear expressed by many people that no woman can give this large number of children sufficient attention and affection to allow them to grow up in a healthy atmosphere. But in this courts investigation of your home, the reverse seems to be true. All the children seem to be happy, well-fed and normal the house amazingly clean and in good order. My wife has two children, one poodle and a full-time maid and can’t seem to manage anything. What is your secret?” – Judge
“Well sir, a great deal of love, a little discipline and a husband who doesn’t criticize” – Helen North
Number of Times Seen – Too many times to count (numerous times on Video, DVD, 23 May 2013, 26 Jun 2016, 26 Jan 2020 and 30 Sep 2021)
Brief Synopsis – A widower with 10 kids falls in love with a widow with 8 of her own
My Take on it – This is one of my all time favorite films and as soon as Michaela told me this months genre, I immediately knew that I would be rewatching and reviewing this film… again.
As a child from a blended family and a father of one too, I have such a strong connection to everything that transpires in this film.
Henry Fonda and Lucille Ball have such amazing chemistry here and it feels so real the whole way through.
The film takes a very serious situation and peppers it with lots of humor that helps keep it feeling relevant even after 53 years.
The story rightfully stays focused on the parents and most of the kids don;t have much to do or say along the way, yet they all create an indelible impact regardless.
The story moves along at a great pace and despite having seen this movie so many times, there are some very poignant scenes that still make me tear up as I watch it all unfold.
The film is filled with lots of memorable scenes that help create a strong imprint on what makes a family work no matter how many large or small it may be.
The fact that this film is based on a real family still amazes me to this day and helps make the story feel even more impactful and poignant throughout.
Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Helen and Frank met a little differently than in the movie. In her book, “Who Gets The Drumstick?”after Helen moved to San Francisco, she wanted to honor her dead husband’s wishes by enrolling her children in parochial school. She finally found a school run by a nun, Mother Superior Sister Mary Eleanor. As she was enrolling her children in the school, Helen told Sister Mary that she was a widow with eight children. Sister Mary then confided to Helen that she has a brother with ten children who recently lost his wife to complications from diabetes. Helen asked Sister for Frank Beardsley’s address and she sent Frank a copy of a prayer that she clipped out which gave comfort on dealing with a loss of a spouse. Encouraged by her brother and sister, Helen went on a batch of unsuccessful blind dates. When a friend’s husband died, Helen wanted to send her a copy of the prayer that she sent Frank. She wrote to Frank asking for a copy of the prayer. Frank sent it back and a correspondence immediately began between Helen and Frank which finally led to another blind date. This time sparks flew between them. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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