Cinema: Oh Dad, Poor Dad

All the Way Home will move many an audience to tears, but mostly for the wrong reasons. A watered-up treatment of the Tad Mosel play adapted for Broadway from the late James Agee's A Death in the Family, it pictures the laying to rest of Jay Follet, a young husband and father whose sudden death in an automobile accident teaches his family that the ties that bind are a tangled skein. Producer David Susskind and associates made the story a straightforward tearjerker—and left out the subtle, uncannily sensitive heart of it.

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