My Pal Gus (1-Dec-1952)|
Director: Robert Parrish
Writers: Fay Kanin; Michael Kanin
Keywords: Drama, Comedy
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Review by Rolayne Venator (posted on 28-Nov-2008)
If you are a Richard Widmark fan you must see this movie. It is a clear departure from the tough guy roles that made Widmark a star, and yet it is a wonderful vehicle for him. He plays a wealthy manufacturer of ice cream and candy if you can imagine that. He has divorced his wife, but has custody of his young son, played by the inimitable George Winslow. He neglects his boy, who is into trouble all the time, and tells his secretary to find a new nanny for him. Then he leaves on a business trip. When he returns, he finds his son enrolled in a pre-school and that he must meet the teacher. He does, and you can guess the rest--the hard nosed business man falls for the teacher and after many back and forth meetings, he takes her advice about how to raise Gus. The best scene in the movie is when Gus wakes Widmark in the middle of the night because there is an alligator in his room. Widmark is absolutely charming as he searches high and low for the alligator and finally relents to let Gus spend the night with him. The ex-wife turns up wanting some of Widmarks fortune and custody of Gus, claiming that Widmark and the teacher have been sleeping together thereby creating an unwholesome atmospher in which to raise the boy. There is a court battle, but I won't tell you how it turns out, and some scenes that tear at your heartstrings, but this was made in 1952, so you should know how this marvelous little film ends.
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