The Courtship of Eddie's Father

Burbank CA: Turner Entertainment Company, An AOL Time Warner Company, Enterprise Inc., 2003. Presumed First Edition, First pressing thus. DVD. Signed on the front by Shirley Jones!!!. This DVD is the Widescreen version presented in a "Letterbox" wide screen format preserving the "Scope" aspect ration of its original theatrical exhibition, enhanced for widescreen TVs. This DVD has special features, feature-length audio commentary by Shirley Jones, Dina Merrill and Stella Stevens, Interactive Menus, Theatrical Trailer, Behind-the-sceenes Notes, Scene Access. This is in English and French with English, French and Spanish subtitles. This movie starred Shirley Jones, Glenn Ford, Stella Stevens, Dina Merrill, Roberta Sherwood, Ron Howard, and Jerry Van Dyke. It was directed by Vincent Minnelli. Shirley Jones starred in the film versions of the hit musicals Oklahoma (1955), Carousel (1956) and The Music Man (1962). She earned a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for playing, quite contrary to her wholesome image, an angry prostitute in Elmer Gantry (1969). Jones is best known to television audiences as Shirley Partridge, the matriarch on the popular musical sitcom, The Partridge Family (1970-1974), whose cast included her stepson, David Cassidy (in 2004, Jones hosted a reality TV program to select a cast for a new Partridge Family pilot). Jones was married to her first husband, Jack Cassidy, from 1956 until their divorce in 1974; their sons, Shaun, Patrick and Ryan, all became entertainers. She has been married to comedian/actor Marty Ingels. The Courtship of Eddie's Father is a 1963 American Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer romantic comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli, and stars Glenn Ford as a widowed father and Ronny Howard as his caring son. The film was based on a 1961 novel by Mark Toby, as was the ABC-TV series of the same name with Bill Bixby and Brandon Cruz, which ran from 1969 to 1972. Young Eddie Corbett (Ronny Howard) tries his best to be a matchmaker for his widowed father, Tom (Glenn Ford), a radio station executive. At first, sexy Dollye Daly (Stella Stevens) seems promising, but she ends up falling in love with and marrying Norman Jones (Jerry Van Dyke), Tom's friend and colleague. Tom becomes attracted to a sophisticated socialite, Rita Behrens (Dina Merrill). They begin considering marriage, but Eddie takes an immediate dislike to Rita and she does not know how to deal with him, nor does she particularly wish to learn, and Tom eventually chooses his son over her. Through all this, the Corbetts are supported by their new housekeeper, Mrs. Livingston (Roberta Sherwood), and by their divorced next-door neighbor, Elizabeth Marten (Shirley Jones). It takes a crisis for Tom to realize what has been under his nose all along. Film rights to the novel were bought by MGM prior to publication for $100,000 in 1961. The Chicago Tribune called the novel "deeply moving, and at the same time, very funny." Producer Joe Pasternak assigned John Gay to write the script and hired Glenn Ford to star. Shirley Jones accepted her role in part because she did not have to sing. Roberta Sherwood, a nightclub singer and TV entertainer, made her film debut. Pasternak says he interviewed hundreds of children to play Eddie but as soon as he talked to Ronny Howard "I knew he was right." The bowling alley sequence was filmed at the now-defunct Paradise Bowl, located at 9116 South Sepulveda Boulevard in Los Angeles (two miles north of LAX). Condition: Very good.

Keywords: Movies, Shirley Jones, Glenn Ford, Stella Stevens, Dina Merrill, Roberta Sherwood, Ron Howard, Jerry Van Dyke, Vincent Minnelli, Romance, Comedy

ISBN: 0790776634

[Book #87912]

Price: $450.00

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