Cinema: Cinemama's Papa

Papa's Delicate Condition. "Vanilla." That's what Jackie Gleason calls his latest picture and that's what it basically is: sweet enough for the kids, plain enough for the grown folks—something the whole family can swallow without collywobbles. The concoction is inexpensive and attractive, and it should leave most customers ready (if not exactly roaring) for a second helping.

Papa in real life was the papa of an old-time cinemama, Corinne Griffith, who wrote a book about him back in 1952. As the film describes it, life with Papa is one damn fling after another. Not that Papa is a drunk. But he is...

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