The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Courtship of Eddie's Father1963

The Courtship of Eddie's Father (1963)




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This heartwarming comedy centers on the attempts of a mischievous young boy to find the ideal woman for his lonely, widowed father. The father (Glenn Ford) is handsome enough and there is no shortage of eligible gals to choose from, but the six-year-old (Ron Howard in his fourth feature film) is a choosy sort and is looking for the woman with the perfect pair of eyes.

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Glenn Ford
as Tom Corbett
Shirley Jones
as Elizabeth Marten
Stella Stevens
as Dollye Daly
Roberta Sherwood
as Mrs. Livingston
Jerry Van Dyke
as Norman Jones
Dina Merrill
as Rita Behrens
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All Critics (5)

Astonishingly, this time the net product is an agreeable entertainment, nimbly sidestepping most of the pitfalls in its path.

October 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Strange film about family tragedy masquerading as a comedy, the film does have some impressive sequences.

August 8, 2008 | Full Review…

One of Minnellli's weakest (or is it modest?) serio comedies, dealing with the adjustment problems of a recent widower (Glenn Ford) and his young son (played by child actor-future director Ron Howard).

July 12, 2007 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Enjoyable family comedy.

August 27, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for The Courtship of Eddie's Father


I've never been a great Glenn Ford fan, but his low-intensity performance style actually works well here as Ron Howard engineers his dear dad's romantic life beyond widowerhood. A year after The Music Man, Howard steals the show with his charm, wit, and good humor, and Shirley Jones is knockout gorgeous as little Howard's target for his father's second wife. Jones is definitely one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the sliver screen, and her projected intelligence has never hurt her, even in the acting work she does nowadays. I will always regret that I didn't have a chance to witness her in her heyday on the big screen.

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Utterly charming delicate story of the sometime rocky love between a boy and his recently widowed father. Some of the standards are of course different but how could they not be in a film over 40 years old, ignore that and just enjoy the sweet simple story. Shirley Jones is incredibly lovely and Stella Stevens is wonderful in her small role, a vastly underrated actress.

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