High Time

  • 1960
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy, Musical

This dull musical has one saving grace, Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen's Oscar-nominated standard "The Second Time Around." Bing Crosby is Harvey Howard, a rich Howard Johnson-type restauranteur with a string of eateries. A 51-year-old widower with two grown children, he feels he's missed something by not going to college, so he enrolls in a local university....read more

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This dull musical has one saving grace, Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen's Oscar-nominated standard "The Second Time Around." Bing Crosby is Harvey Howard, a rich Howard Johnson-type restauranteur with a string of eateries. A 51-year-old widower with two grown children, he feels he's missed

something by not going to college, so he enrolls in a local university. Once at the school, he has to endure fraternity initiation rites and dress in drag as an aged Scarlett O'Hara to attend a ball--the film's comic highlight. The rest of HIGH TIME is standard episodic stuff, which would have no

laugh value at all were it not played by a man old enough to be the father of the others involved. Fabian, Tuesday Weld, Yvonne Craig, Richard Beymer, and Patrick Adiarte do well as students; Nicole Maurey impresses as the French teacher whom Harvey woos and wins; and "Love Boat" skipper Gavin

Macleod manages to eke a few yuks out of his small role as a nutty adviser to the students. But when one considers that the talented Waldman brothers wrote the script and that it was directed by Blake Edwards, HIGH TIME must be reckoned as a low attempt at high comedy. Songs include: "Nobody's

Perfect," "I Had a Dream, Dear," "Lovely Lady," the traditional "Foggy Foggy Dew," and "It Came upon a Midnight Clear."

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  • Review: This dull musical has one saving grace, Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen's Oscar-nominated standard "The Second Time Around." Bing Crosby is Harvey Howard, a rich Howard Johnson-type restauranteur with a string of eateries. A 51-year-old widower with two gr… (more)

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