A young widow with three children and a sheepdog marries a widowed man with a young daughter and a French poodle in this amusing comedy. Abby (Doris Day) is the owner of a lumberyard who falls for Jake (Brian Keith) when her sister Maxine (Pat Carroll) introduce the two at a party. The couple is initially reluctant and somewhat embarrassed over the blatant matchmaking attempt but meet later at an all-night store. The two marry and deal with constant canine and sassy sibling rivalries. Jake falls out of the family trailer on vacation, leading Abby to recruit a group of hippies to find her lost husband. Jamie Farr is the far out hippie, Barbara Hershey is Jake's daughter Stacey, comedian George Carlin plays Herbie Fleck, owner of a local hamburger stand, and Alice Ghostley is the harried housekeeper in this engaging romp. The Grass Roots provide some of the music in this feature. ~ Dan Pavlides, Rovi
I first saw this movie when it first came out. I was just a young lass at the time. They don't make heart-warming movies like this any longer. I loved it as a kid, and I love it even better as a "bigger kid" at the age of 52. I love all Doris Day movies. There was just something about her.
This movie set the stage for the TV series "Partridge Family" and "The Brady Bunch" but you saw it here first. Classic Doris Day stuff, and enjoyable if you're in a retro mood for a 60's chick flick. Keep an eye out in the background for Cpl. Klinger and Father Mulcahy from M*A*S*H who are only bit part actors here, along with the future motor pool Sergeant from M*A*S*H as well.
This movie was disappointing. They had a great cast, very good talent, but the story just wasn't well thought out. For example, there was a very long scene of a 60's era disco, which really didn't make sense, it just went on and on. The movie dragged in the middle and my kids lost interest and left the room. Normally, on "family movie night", the kids are much more excited about watching the show. .We have rented other Doris Day movies and were not unhappy with them, this one just lacked something (good writing). I think it must have come out in response to other "large family" movies of the day, such as "Yours, Mine and Ours", which was way funnier.