Directed by , it was released on November 23 2005, and is a remake of the , starring and. The film's success partly inspired network approval of the television series ; the original script for the series pilot was written well before this movie became a reality. The children team up to separate their parents in a variety of inventive ways. The film ends with the eldest sibling, Mike Beardsley, going off to to begin his stint in the. Right away, the children have no intention of playing nicely, and together they decide to sabotage their parents' relationship.
But while doing so, they gradually begin to bond, attending their siblings' soccer games and helping William in his class president campaign. Not anticipating the huge box office returns from the movie, Lucille Ball failed to make appropriate and thus saw most of her share going to pay taxes. Helen North is a civilian working in the at , the U. In any event, Desilu Productions did secure the rights early on, and Mr. But Frank isn't the only one with kids to worry about -- Helen has a total of 10.
For example, Colleen North is not mentioned in Beardsley's book as ever having a boyfriend who took inappropriate liberties with her. But a long line of distinguished actors came under consideration, at one time or another, for the role of Frank Beardsley. Ignored at breakfast, he invents the oatmeal sandwich in desperation. After a stint with the Beardsleys, she turns herself in. Helen Beardsley writes in Who Gets the Drumstick? When each finally learns the other's secret, they initially resist their mutual attraction.
The newlyweds are soon off to the hospital when Helen becomes pregnant with the couple's first child in this amusing family comedy. Helen North Lucille Ball is a widow with eight children who falls in love with Naval officer Frank Beardsley Henry Fonda , a widower with ten children of his own. Also, Matheson Mike Beardsley and future soap-opera actress Colleen North married in real life in 1968, although they divorced in 1971. All further rewrite efforts came to an abrupt end at the insistence of , the film's eventual distributor. Production began in 1967 with definitely signed on to portray Frank. When Helen visited Frank's home for the first time, she took her five oldest children along.
And it obviously beats that remake in 2005, hands down, in spite of the age of leading roles in the remake. As Harrison fully expects, Frank and Helen end up leaving the restaurant together in his car, with Frank's date sitting uncomfortably between them as they carry on about their children. Oh, and then, there is that issue of age. Helen North, a widowed handbag designer with ten kids four biological, six adopted takes a more relaxed approach on life. Additionally, no one would be permitted on the flight deck during active flight operations without wearing helmet, goggles, and ear plugs.
Frank meets Helen, first by chance in the on the base and again when Frank brings his distraught teen-age daughter for treatment at the dispensary, where Helen informs him that the young lady is simply growing up in a too-crowded house that lacks a mother's guidance. A short time later, Frank and Helen attend a formal Coast Guard dinner where his superior, Commandant Sherman, officially offers him the opportunity to be his successor. On their first date, Helen made no attempt to hide her children from Frank. In 1963, production was halted after the box-office failure of her comedy effort with. Two I Love Lucy writers who wrote that episode-- and —are given story credit in the film. Screenwriters and wrote several -style stunts that in most cases had no basis in the actual lives of the Beardsley family, before and Mort Lachman took over primary writing duties.
The older daughters have troubles with unbashful beaus; the youngsters get in pillow fights; there is a suspected case of the flu; jealousies grow between the two sets of children, and there are four small visitors all under 5 years of age who invite themselves to their parents' wedding night and crawl under the covers. The original 1968 film was produced by , which had been sold to Paramount the year before. It soon becomes apparent that Frank has a very regimented view of how things should be done, whereas Helen is an artist a designer by trade with a more free-spirited, lackadaisical attitude. Lucy is a master of the sight gag, and no one can be quite so helpless in the face of confusion. Lucille Ball, in this movie, has really taken a big risk in stepping out of her domain where she truly reigned as the queen of comedy.
More likely is the story that and his wife brought the story of the Beardsley family to Ball's attention after reading it in a local newspaper. Eventually, however, the 18 children bond into one large , about to increase—Helen becomes pregnant. Together, the older ones launch the family's boat in an effort to catch Frank thereby fulfilling his previous dream of having an all-family sailing team that failed earlier , but he is convinced that Helen no longer wants to be with him, until he sees her turn on the lighthouse spotlight a reference to a story Frank had told her about a beautiful female lighthouse keeper. They included , , , , , and. As a result, Helen's behavior turns wild and embarrassing, which Frank cannot comprehend until he catches his sons trying to conceal their laughter.