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Widower and hamburger restaurateur Harvey Howard decides to go to college at 51 years of age. Resisting the easy path, he insists on not receiving preferential treatment, and lives in a ... See full summary »

Director:

Blake Edwards

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Tom Waldman (screenplay), Frank Waldman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bing Crosby ... Harvey Howard
Fabian ... Gil Sparrow
Tuesday Weld ... Joy Elder
Nicole Maurey ... Prof. Helene Gauthier
Richard Beymer ... Bob Bannerman
Patrick Adiarte ... T.J. Padmanagham
Jimmy Boyd ... Robert Higgson
Yvonne Craig ... Randy 'Scoop' Pruitt
Gavin MacLeod ... Professor Thayer
Kenneth MacKenna ... President Byrne of Pinehurst
Nina Shipman Nina Shipman ... Laura Howard
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Storyline

Widower and hamburger restaurateur Harvey Howard decides to go to college at 51 years of age. Resisting the easy path, he insists on not receiving preferential treatment, and lives in a dorm like the other students despite the disapproval of his grown son and daughter. As the years pass, and he gets involved in study sessions, fraternity initiations, and sporting events, he begins falling in love with Professor Gautier, the French teacher, but doesn't consider re-marrying appropriate. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Fabian and Tuesday Weld get Bing to go their way! See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 November 1960 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Big Daddy See more »

Filming Locations:

Squaw Valley, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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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. See more »

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During the Freshman bonfire sequence, the shadow of the camera and camera car can clearly be seen at the bottom right of the frame tracking a runner as he finishes a set of hurdles. See more »

Quotes

Harvey Howard: I was trying to prove that age isn't a matter of years, but of zest. Isn't every waking day a lifetime, and aren't we reborn every morning?
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The Second Time Around
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen (as James Van Heusen)
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Relaxing movie
7 October 2002 | by alc01See all my reviews

A fun romp of a 50 year old Bing Crosby returning to college after becoming a multi-millionaire. He seeks to be just one of the gang. I really enjoy this Blake Edwards "clean" movie. A "Happy Days" type look at life in the late 50's or early 60's.

Of course Tuesday Weld and Fabian add spice but it is Gavin MacLeod that steals many scenes. (Is it just me or has anyone else notice how the younger he was when the movie was made, the older he looks? And the older he gets the younger he looks?)

It is just a plain fun easy time with lots of giggles and a few good laughs.


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