Yours, Mine and Ours

Synopsis: When a widower with 10 children marries a widow with 8, can the 20 of them ever come together as one big happy family? From finding a house big enough for all of them and learning to make 18 school lunches, to coping with a son going off to war and an unexpected addition to the family, Yours, Mine and Ours attempts to blend two families into one and hopes to answer the question Is bigger really better?
Genre: Comedy, Family
Director(s): Melville Shavelson
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations.
 
IMDB:
7.2
Rotten Tomatoes:
50%
UNRATED
Year:
1968
111 min
70 Views

In a few short hours,

I was going into combat...

...against my own children.

Anyone who has a child

knows what I'm talking about.

That's the real war:

Our generation against theirs.

Standing on that deck,

surrounded by thousands of men...

...I suddenly felt smaller and lonelier

than I'd ever felt in my life.

I'd been through this same Golden Gate

when Frances had died...

...and I'd come home

on emergency leave.

Now I was back for good.

I'd left more than my heart

in San Francisco:

Ten children, to be exact.

As we sailed under that bridge, I didn't

know I was passing under my future...

...because while I was going home

to face my family...

...Helen was bringing hers

to a new life in a new city.

And don't think I wasn't frightened.

I had become a Navy widow.

I thought it was a good idea

to get a fresh start...

...where the surroundings

wouldn't remind me of Dick.

But four of my surroundings

looked exactly like him.

What troubled me more

than anything...

...was the kids seemed more upset

about leaving their friends in Seattle...

...than by the loss of their father.

It took me a long time to learn

how little I knew about children...

...especially my own.

As the ship sailed into the bay,

I took a good look around...

...because I knew I'd completed

my last tour aboard her.

My brother and his wife

had been taking care of my kids...

...but now it was Daddy's turn.

So I started down the gangplank...

...certain I was doing the right thing...

...nobly sacrificing myself

for my children...

...giving up my world for theirs.

Pulling away forever from ships

and oceans and homecomings...

...to take up shore duty.

Papa came marching home...

...secure in the knowledge

that they needed me...

...and would be overjoyed

I'd come back to take care of them.

But they controlled

their feelings beautifully.

It was the sort of welcome

that could make any father...

...review his position on

the entire question of birth control.

Incredible as it may sound,

they blame me...

...for neglecting their mother

all those years.

But it seemed to me

there was enough physical evidence...

...that I hadn't

neglected her completely.

What they really couldn't understand

was why I was allowing my brother...

...and his wife to take Germaine

and Joan away from the family.

Here you go, baby.

Come on, come with Uncle Howard.

Oh, you couldn't take care of

two little babies, Frank. Not yet.

They'll be happier with us for a while.

I hope you can learn

to manage the rest.

You've hardly been home long enough

to learn their names.

I'm home now. I'll manage.

Don't you worry.

Goodbye, pumpkin. Bye, baby.

Don't give them any trouble.

If you live through this...

...the Navy's going to have to get

a new kind of medal for you.

- Good luck, Frank.

- Good luck. You're gonna need it.

- Goodbye, Joan. Goodbye, Germaine.

- Goodbye.

Well, let's get something to eat.

They're not going to an orphanage,

you know.

They'll be half a mile away.

You can see them any time.

Susan, Louise, come on.

It's only until I get things

straightened out here.

And then what? You planning on

auctioning off the rest of us?

Where would I find a bidder? Come on,

in the kitchen. Let's get dinner.

Which one of us do you wanna cook?

The war was on.

I put an ad in the paper

for a housekeeper that brought results.

The first one lasted an entire day.

The second one lasted seven days.

We discovered she was hiding

from the police.

After a week with us,

she turned herself in.

No wonder men go down

to the sea in ships.

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Bob Carroll Jr.

Bob Carroll Jr. (August 12, 1918 – January 27, 2007) was a television writer notable for his creative role in the series I Love Lucy, the first four seasons of which he wrote with his professional partner Madelyn Pugh, and collaborator Jess Oppenheimer. Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskopf later joined the series' writing staff in the fifth season. more…

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