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HIGH TIME (DADDY-O) (directors: Blake Edwards; screenwriters: Frank Waldman/Tom Waldman/story by Garson Kanin; cinematographer: Ellsworth Fredricks; editor: Robert Simpson; music: Sammy Cahn/Jimmy Van Heusen; cast: Bing Crosby (Harvey Howard), Fabian (Gil Cuneo), Tuesday Weld (Joy Elder), Nicole Maurey (Helene Gauthier), Gavin MacLeod (Thayer), Angus Duncan (Harvey Howard Jr. ), Nina Shipman (Laura), Richard Beymer (Bannerman), Patrick Adiarte (T. J. Padmanagham), Yvonne Craig (Randy Pruitt), Jimmy Boyd (Higgson); Runtime: 103; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Charles Brackett/Bing Crosby; Twentieth Century-Fox; 1960)
“So-so college comedy starring Bing Crosby.”

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz

Blake Edwards (“Peter Gunn”/”Switch”) directs this so-so college comedy starring Bing Crosby. The comedy was forced and dated, but the music by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen is appealing. The Waldman brothers wrote the dull script from Garson Kanin’s story. Bing Crosby is a 51-year-old rich widower restaurateur, with two grown children (Nina Shipman & Angus Duncan)He believes that he didn’t get a proper education when young, so he enrolls in college. One gag has his fraternity brothers order him to dress up as Scarlett O’Hara. That was supposed to be hilarious.Nicole Maurey is the French professor Bing romances. Gavin Macleod gets a few laughs as the nutty professor and dorm monitor. The fellow students include the athlete Fabian, the rash Tuesday Weld, the polite Indian student Patrick Adiarte and the outgoing RIchard Beymer.Songs include: “Nobody’s Perfect,” “I Had a Dream, Dear,” “Lovely Lady,” the traditional “Foggy Foggy Dew,” and “It Came upon a Midnight Clear.”


Dennis Schwartz: “Ozus’ World Movie Reviews”