Cinema: The New Pictures, Dec. 1, 1958

Houseboat (Paramount), according to the advancemen, is "a story of Togetherness," a warm, human comedy of American family life, written with "true realism." Father (Gary Grant) is "charming and debonair"—but unfortunately he has been away from home for several years. Mother is rich and beautiful—but unhappily she is a bad driver and gets killed in a car crash. The children (Charles Herbert, Mimi Gibson, Paul Petersen), as the scriptwriters seem to think, are all that any American parent could hope to have—"carefree, gay, and at times in need of psychiatric care."

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