Abby McClure, a widow with three sons, and Jake Iverson, a widower with a teen-age daughter, get fixed up. They start dating and decide to get married. They’re not prepared for the hostile reactions from their children, especially Jake’s daughter Stacy, who wants to be the woman of the house, and Abby’s oldest son Flip, who hates Jake.
Sadly, Doris Day’s Last Film
Even though I am not partial to films with children in them or “family pictures”, I enjoyed Miss Day’s performance in this film as well as her supporting players. As was always the case, she was surrounded by the best supporting people available. Pat Carroll, as her sister was a lot of fun as was Alice Ghostley, her harried maid. There were many familiar faces darting in and out. People like Jaime Farr, Vic Taback, Jackie Joseph and George Carlin.
Brian Keith was a “comfortable”, but gruff leading man for Doris. They had many nice scenes together, although he did not measure up to the usual caliber star with whom Miss Day was usually paired.
As usual, Doris Day worked well with children. She was one of the few major stars that could. Many female stars avoided kids like the plague, but not Doris. She could handle the situation.
Even though this is a comedy, there were a couple of very dramatic scenes in which Doris shows what a marvelously serious actress she can be. This came when she and Keith had a blowout about his daughter cleaning the house without any help from Doris’ older son. Day was so into the scene, you could see her actually shaking with anger.
The film became a tearjerker at the end when everybody “saw the light” and came together after a big car chase, an accident and a fist fight. The picture is more enjoyable than the Henry Fonda/Lucille Ball film with approximately the same theme. Their’s was called “Yours, Mine and Ours”, also in 1968.