The Courtship of Eddie’s Father (1963)

The Courtship of Eddie’s Father started out as a movie in 1963 and led to a television sitcom with the same name that ran from 1969 to 1972. The movie starred Glenn Ford as Tom Corbett (which happens to be the name of the governor of the state I live in), a widowed father raising his son Eddie, who tries to play matchmaker.

Despite Eddie’s well-meaning efforts at matchmaking, Tom ends up dating Rita, a socialite who Eddie (played by Ron Howard) immediately dislikes. When Eddie learns of his father’s plans to marry her he decides he must do something drastic to try and get his father and their divorced neighbor Elizabeth together at last. This dramatic event happens to take place at summer camp and follows shortly after Eddie’s father and Rita come to visit the camp’s parents day.

The scenes at summer camp aren’t long, but they are memorable, including the above clip in which Eddie talks to his dad in his cabin about his first love, a girl he has fallen for at camp.

Ron Howard returned to summer camp four years later while playing the part of Opie on the Andy Griffith show.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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