Weekend with Father (1951)

83 mins | Romantic comedy | December 1951

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HISTORY

In Mar 1951, HR reported that John Lund was borrowed from Paramount for the starring role in Weekend with Father , but Van Heflin took on the role in the released film. According to a May 1951 item in HR , Barbara Hale was considered for the role of "Jean Bowen." Studio press materials state that Jimmy Hunt broke his arm during the scene in which his character and "Brad Stubbs" enter a sack race. After director Douglas Sirk shot around him for several days, Hunt returned to work with his arm strapped to his side. Some scenes were shot on location in the Angeles Crest area of Southern California. A Jun 1951 HR item adds James Craven to the cast, but his appearance in the final film has not been ... More Less

In Mar 1951, HR reported that John Lund was borrowed from Paramount for the starring role in Weekend with Father , but Van Heflin took on the role in the released film. According to a May 1951 item in HR , Barbara Hale was considered for the role of "Jean Bowen." Studio press materials state that Jimmy Hunt broke his arm during the scene in which his character and "Brad Stubbs" enter a sack race. After director Douglas Sirk shot around him for several days, Hunt returned to work with his arm strapped to his side. Some scenes were shot on location in the Angeles Crest area of Southern California. A Jun 1951 HR item adds James Craven to the cast, but his appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
1 Dec 1951.
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Daily Variety
23 Nov 51
p. 3.
Film Daily
26 Nov 51
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Mar 51
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
21 May 51
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Jun 51
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jun 51
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jun 51
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jun 51
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jul 51
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Nov 51
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald
24 Nov 1951.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
1 Dec 51
p. 1126.
Variety
28 Nov 51
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Based on a story by
Based on a story by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
DETAILS
Release Date:
December 1951
Production Date:
early June--17 July 1951
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
30 October 1951
Copyright Number:
LP1324
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
83
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
15445
SYNOPSIS

As hordes of parents see their children off to camp at a New York train station, advertising executive and widower Brad Stubbs begs his two girls, Anne and Patty, to be good, while widow Jean Bowen bids a tearful goodbye to her two boys, Gary and David. Brad and Jean meet briefly while watching the children take off, then both return to their homes. At Jean's, her maid Cleo urges her to find a date, while David's maid, Mrs. G., informs him that she does not approve of his girl friend, television actress Phyllis Reynolds, who values her career over Brad's family. When both lonely parents take their dogs for a walk in the park that afternoon, they meet once again, and Brad immediately asks Jean out on a date. Within days, they are engaged and plan a weekend trip to the camp to introduce their kids to one another. Just before Brad is to leave his office that Friday, Phyllis visits. Attempting to break the news of his engagement gently, Brad speaks vaguely, and Phyllis leaves with the assumption that she is the fiancée Brad spoke of. Brad and Jean arrive at the camp the next day and are greeted by head counselor Don Adams, a strapping young man who is quickly smitten with Jean. Once located, Jean's boys respond with disappointment to the news that Don will not be their new father, while Brad's girls express their desire for Phyllis to be their mother. That afternoon, they all ride on horseback to the top of a mountain, and after Brad brags that he can follow a blind trail, Gary pockets all the markers. Brad's subsequent anger makes ... +


As hordes of parents see their children off to camp at a New York train station, advertising executive and widower Brad Stubbs begs his two girls, Anne and Patty, to be good, while widow Jean Bowen bids a tearful goodbye to her two boys, Gary and David. Brad and Jean meet briefly while watching the children take off, then both return to their homes. At Jean's, her maid Cleo urges her to find a date, while David's maid, Mrs. G., informs him that she does not approve of his girl friend, television actress Phyllis Reynolds, who values her career over Brad's family. When both lonely parents take their dogs for a walk in the park that afternoon, they meet once again, and Brad immediately asks Jean out on a date. Within days, they are engaged and plan a weekend trip to the camp to introduce their kids to one another. Just before Brad is to leave his office that Friday, Phyllis visits. Attempting to break the news of his engagement gently, Brad speaks vaguely, and Phyllis leaves with the assumption that she is the fiancée Brad spoke of. Brad and Jean arrive at the camp the next day and are greeted by head counselor Don Adams, a strapping young man who is quickly smitten with Jean. Once located, Jean's boys respond with disappointment to the news that Don will not be their new father, while Brad's girls express their desire for Phyllis to be their mother. That afternoon, they all ride on horseback to the top of a mountain, and after Brad brags that he can follow a blind trail, Gary pockets all the markers. Brad's subsequent anger makes the small children cry until David points out that the horses will know the way back. They finally reach the bottom of the trail, but there a forest ranger awaits to inform them that stealing markers is illegal. Brad is forced to replace each one, after which his horse runs away. Meanwhile, Phyllis shows up at the lodge and the clerk introduces her to a horrified Jean as Brad's fiancée. Just then, Brad returns, exhausted, and is distraught to discover that Anne and Patty have insisted that Phyllis stay. That night, the whole group attends the camp dance, where Brad mournfully greets Anne's first boyfriend, and then exaggerates his boxing experience to David. After Don introduces Phyllis to the crowd as a famous actress, Jean overhears Anne telling her friends that a new, less interesting woman stole Phyllis from her dad. Jean breaks down in tears, but Brad consoles her, until David pulls him inside to beat up another boy's father. Although the other man is small, he knocks Brad out with one punch, prompting David to call him a "shmo." The next day, Don talks Brad into competing in the father-son athletic events, but Brad fails miserably at each race. At night, they hold a birthday party for Anne, and after her boyfriend Eddie suggests a kissing game, Phyllis kisses Brad, while Gary punches Eddie and Anne swears she will run away if Gary is her brother. The ruckus results in a fight between Jean and Brad, and with the subtle urging of Don and Phyllis, they break up. Jean moves to a new hotel, and that night, the boys are filled with remorse when they hear her crying. At the lodge, Anne overhears Brad telling Mrs. G. angrily that he cannot marry Jean because the children do not approve. The next morning, while they wait for hours for Phyllis to wake up, Anne informs Brad that he should not trade his own happiness for that of his children. Later, Don brings Jean's family to lunch at a health-food restaurant, where he pontificates about the evils of hamburgers and the importance of calisthentics. Disgusted, the boys wander outside, where they find Anne being snubbed by Eddie. After Gary buys her an ice cream, the girls reassure the boys that Brad adores hamburgers and Anne thanks Gary for hitting Eddie. A few hours later, Anne and Patty inform Brad and Phyllis that Gary and David are lost in the woods. Upset by Phyllis' nonchalance, Brad races to the camp to console Jean, and the girls secretly sneak the boys, who have cooked up the scheme to reunite their parents, into their room. At the camp, Don organizes his campers into search parties, while Brad wanders ineptly through the woods calling for the boys. Hours later, while the girls happily watch Phyllis return to town alone, the boys follow their dog out the window. Anne and Patty race to the camp to confess that Gary and David are now truly lost. Soon after, however, a worn out, lost Brad bumps into the dog and follows it to Gary and David, who hastily dirty themselves to appear lost. Brad carries them back to the camp, where Jean embraces him joyfully, as a ranger announces that Don is now lost in the woods. +

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