You'll Like My Mother (1972)

PG | 92-93 mins | Drama | October 1972

Director:

Lamont Johnson

Writer:

Jo Heims

Producer:

Mort Briskin

Cinematographer:

Jack A. Marta

Production Designer:

William D. De Cinces

Production Companies:

Bing Crosby Productions, Inc., Universal Pictures
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HISTORY

Although the film's copyright holder and production company is listed by copyright records as Bing Crosby Productions, Inc., some contemporary sources refer to the company as BCP Productions, Inc. For more information on BCP, please see the entry above for the 1971 picture Willard . You'll Like My Mother , which was the second feature film produced by the company, marked the motion picture debuts of Sian Barbara Allen and Dennis Rucker.
       According to onscreen end credits and reviews, the film was shot on location in and around Duluth, MN. Modern sources reveal that the film was shot at the Glensheen Historic Estate, completed in 1908 by mining millionaire Chester Adgate Congdon. In 1977, Congdon's daughter, heiress Elisabeth Congdon, was found murdered at the mansion, purportedly at the behest of her adopted daughter, who hoped to receive her ... More Less

Although the film's copyright holder and production company is listed by copyright records as Bing Crosby Productions, Inc., some contemporary sources refer to the company as BCP Productions, Inc. For more information on BCP, please see the entry above for the 1971 picture Willard . You'll Like My Mother , which was the second feature film produced by the company, marked the motion picture debuts of Sian Barbara Allen and Dennis Rucker.
       According to onscreen end credits and reviews, the film was shot on location in and around Duluth, MN. Modern sources reveal that the film was shot at the Glensheen Historic Estate, completed in 1908 by mining millionaire Chester Adgate Congdon. In 1977, Congdon's daughter, heiress Elisabeth Congdon, was found murdered at the mansion, purportedly at the behest of her adopted daughter, who hoped to receive her inheritance. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
30 Oct 1972
p. 4536.
Daily Variety
21 May 1970.
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Daily Variety
3 Sep 1970.
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Daily Variety
25 Feb 1972.
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Daily Variety
13 Mar 1972.
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Daily Variety
11 Oct 1972.
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Daily Variety
13 Oct 1972.
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Filmfacts
1972
pp. 252-54.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Feb 1972.
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Hollywood Reporter
6 Mar 1970.
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Hollywood Reporter
19 May 1970.
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Hollywood Reporter
11 Feb 1972
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Mar 1972
p. 21.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Oct 1972.
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New York Times
21 Oct 1972
p. 40.
Variety
1 Feb 1972.
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Variety
11 Oct 1972
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir trainee
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
Scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Asst cam
Asst cam
Cam mechanic
Gaffer
Best boy
Generator op
Stills
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITORS
SET DECORATORS
COSTUMES
Ladies cost
MUSIC
VISUAL EFFECTS
Titles and optical eff
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod exec for BCP
Unit prod mgr
Prod secy
Scr supv
Unit pub
Transportation captain
Driver
Loc auditor
Loc projectionist
Auditing clerk
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel You'll Like My Mother by Naomi A. Hintze (New York, 1969).
DETAILS
Release Date:
October 1972
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 20 October 1972
Production Date:
mid February--mid March 1972 in Duluth, MN
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures & Bing Crosby Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
20 October 1972
Copyright Number:
LP42720
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex Recording System
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
92-93
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Pregnant young Francesca Kinsolving arrives in a small town in Minnesota after a three-day bus trip from Los Angeles just as a snow storm threatens. Befriended by the bus driver, Red Cooper, Francesca confides that she has come this great distance to meet her mother-in-law as her husband died in the Vietnam war seven months earlier. Unsure whether she will stay or not, Francesca tells Red she may see him later that evening for his return trip and leaves her suitcase at the bus stop café. After accepting a ride from a bread delivery truck and walking the remaining distance to the remote mansion, Francesca is dismayed by the chilly welcome from the austere Maria Kinsolving. Francesca is further taken aback to learn that her husband Matthew never revealed having a mentally handicapped sister, Kathleen, who lives with her mother. When Mrs. Kinsolving expresses amazement that Francesca would visit without an invitation, Francesca explains that she loved Matthew deeply and wanted to meet the mother of whom he always spoke highly. After Francesca asks why she never answered her two letters, Mrs. Kinsolving insists that she never received Matthew’s telegram announcing his marriage and has no reason to believe that Francesca or her baby are legitimate. Deeply offended, Francesca announces her intention to return to the bus station, but Mrs. Kinsolving abruptly assumes a kinder tone and offers to drive her into town after dinner. Reluctantly accepting the invitation, Francesca rests in a guest room where she asks about a portrait of a young man who Mrs. Kinsolving informs her is Matthew’s cousin, Kenny. Over dinner later, Mrs. Kinsolving reveals ... +


Pregnant young Francesca Kinsolving arrives in a small town in Minnesota after a three-day bus trip from Los Angeles just as a snow storm threatens. Befriended by the bus driver, Red Cooper, Francesca confides that she has come this great distance to meet her mother-in-law as her husband died in the Vietnam war seven months earlier. Unsure whether she will stay or not, Francesca tells Red she may see him later that evening for his return trip and leaves her suitcase at the bus stop café. After accepting a ride from a bread delivery truck and walking the remaining distance to the remote mansion, Francesca is dismayed by the chilly welcome from the austere Maria Kinsolving. Francesca is further taken aback to learn that her husband Matthew never revealed having a mentally handicapped sister, Kathleen, who lives with her mother. When Mrs. Kinsolving expresses amazement that Francesca would visit without an invitation, Francesca explains that she loved Matthew deeply and wanted to meet the mother of whom he always spoke highly. After Francesca asks why she never answered her two letters, Mrs. Kinsolving insists that she never received Matthew’s telegram announcing his marriage and has no reason to believe that Francesca or her baby are legitimate. Deeply offended, Francesca announces her intention to return to the bus station, but Mrs. Kinsolving abruptly assumes a kinder tone and offers to drive her into town after dinner. Reluctantly accepting the invitation, Francesca rests in a guest room where she asks about a portrait of a young man who Mrs. Kinsolving informs her is Matthew’s cousin, Kenny. Over dinner later, Mrs. Kinsolving reveals that the reason for her hostility toward Francesca was the couple’s quick courtship and Matthew spending his last military leave with his new wife instead of his mother. After Mrs. Kinsolving goes to start the car, Francesca notices that many papers and letters that earlier had been piled on a desk have been placed hastily placed into a letter box. Opening the box, Francesca finds the telegram from Matthew announcing his marriage and wonders why Mrs. Kinsolving lied. Distressed when Mrs. Kinsolving reports the car will not start and that she has no phone to summon a mechanic, Francesca insists that if she must spend the night she wants to stay in Matthew’s former room. Later, Kathleen visits Francesca bearing a cup of cocoa, and although unable to speak clearly, the girl thrusts a newspaper article in Francesca’s hands. The article states that Kenny is being sought in connection with a recent brutal rape and murder. Abruptly growing groggy, Francesca realizes the cocoa has been drugged just before passing out. Awakening in mid-afternoon the next day, Francesca is dismayed to hear a radio announcement that the storm has closed all local roads. Recalling that as she passed out the previous night she was certain she heard a phone ring, Francesca waits until late that night to sneak down to the library in search of the phone she recalls seeing there. Although she does not find the phone, Francesca remembers a family Bible mentioned by Matthew and, after locating it, is stunned to read that Maria Kinsolving died eleven days after her son. The next morning, Francesca goes into labor, and despite her pleas to be taken to the hospital, Mrs. Kinsolving, a registered nurse, insists she can handle the birth. During the next several hours, Francesca slips in and out on consciousness due to drugs provided by Mrs. Kinsolving and is unaware that Red has come to the house asking for her. In her drugged haze, Francesca learns that Kathleen and Kenny are brother and sister. Upon the birth of Francesca’s baby, Mrs. Kinsolving announces that it is stillborn and orders Kathleen to bury it. Shocked by events, Francesca is nevertheless curious when Kathleen comes to her room that night and insists she accompany her to the attic. There, Kathleen presents Francesca with her live, healthy baby girl. Although Kathleen gestures that Mrs. Kinsolving was sincere in her belief that the baby was dead, she becomes agitated when Francesca wants to take the baby downstairs. When Francesca inquires about a bruise on her face, Kathleen manages to pronounce the word “Kenny,” and Francesca realizes with dread that he must be hiding somewhere in the house. After breastfeeding the baby, Francesca hurries down to the bathroom for items to clean the infant and, through the laundry chute, overhears Mrs. Kinsolving speaking with a young man whom she deduces is Kenny. She also learns that the woman she has assumed is Maria Kinsolving is actually Maria’s sister, Katherine, the mother of Kenny and Kathleen. Katherine tells Kenny that she is determined that no one should ever learn about Francesca, as she must have Matthew’s inheritance to protect him and continue caring for Kathleen. That evening, when Francesca firmly resists another injection from Katherine, she angrily retaliates by locking the girl in her room. Later, however, Kathleen brings all the house keys to Francesca’s door and, after finding the right key, gives Francesca the spare. Determined to take her baby away, Francesca recalls seeing another telephone in the attic and, after feeding the baby, plugs the instrument in, but hangs up when she hears a click from an extension. Having been on the other phone, Kenny then asks his mother if she is certain that Francesca is locked in her room. Not satisfied with his mother’s confirmation, Kenny checks the house keys and, discovering the spare to Francesca’s room missing, presses Katherine to act. When Francesca staunchly insists that she does not have the spare, Katherine believes that Kathleen may have it and remains unconcerned. In the library, however, she finds the Bible open to the family page and realizes that Francesca knows about Maria’s death, but wonders if she is aware of Kenny’s presence. The following morning, on a plan devised by Kenny, Katherine invites Francesca downstairs for a large breakfast and reveals that a mechanic has been contacted and will drive Francesca to the bus station. When the mechanic arrives, Francesca recognizes that it is Kenny. Feigning calm, Francesca makes an excuse to return upstairs to retrieve the baby, then sneaks out of the house as Katherine is distracted by Red’s unexpected return with Francesca’s suitcase. Spotting Francesca hurrying toward the garage, Kenny follows and attacks her. When the baby begins to scream in terror, Kenny is about to smother her when Kathleen plunges a pair of scissors into his back. Kenny staggers out into the snow, collapses and dies. As Francesca revives and hugs her baby and Kathleen, Katherine sinks into shock over her son’s death. +

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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