Robert Wilson leads safaris on the Kenyan savanna. On this occasion, he takes Mr. and Mrs. Macomber out to hunt buffalo. The obnoxious ways of Margaret Macomber make the three of them get ... See full summary »
Toward the end of his life, F. Scott Fitzgerald is writing for Hollywood studios to be able to afford the cost of an asylum for his wife. He is also struggling against alcoholism. Into his life comes the famous gossip columnist.
Tom Rath lives in Connecticut and commutes to work every day in Manhattan. He's happily married and has a loving wife and three children. Money is a bit tight and when the opportunity arises, he applies for a public relations job with a major television network. During his long commute to work everyday, Tom reminisces about the war. Although 10 years have gone by, he is still haunted by the violence and the men he killed. He also thinks of Maria, an Italian girl with whom he had an affair while stationed in Rome. At his new job, the head of the network Ralph Hopkins takes an immediate liking to him. Tom soon realizes that he will have to choose between becoming a wholly dedicated company man or maintaining a healthy work-life balance. When he learns that Maria gave birth to his son after he left Italy, he decides to let his wife know and ensure that the boy is cared for.Written by
(I'm a) Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech
Lyrics by Billy Walthall
Music by Frank Roman and Mike Greenblatt
based on "Son of a Gambolier"
Music by Charles Ives (1895)
Played on the ukulele by Gregory Peck See more »
Something about Jennifer Jones...
her character in this film, has been a source of annoyance. I wonder if it just the paralysis women were living in in that era? The story is interesting; Gregory Peck as an ethical executive, trying to get ahead; his wife seems more concerned with his inheritance, apparently his relative has died and left him a mansion in rural (at the time)Connecticut.
This American dream is deferred when Peck learns he has sired a child during the war. He wants to do the right thing, as the child is living in poverty.
Peck's children are particularly annoying. They watch television 24/7 and their father is only of interest to them if he brings them a present. This for some reason reminded me of shows like "Father Knows Best" where all was well at hearth and home, and every other problem in life was solved. Perhaps this paternalistic view is some source of our family problems today; If Dad couldn't fix everything, who could?.
Lee J. Cobb portrays the family lawyer, and there is some hint of class differences, as Peck's family butler assumes control of the estate; and a legal battle ensues. It is still interesting today to reflect on the dichotomy of values, family was important, but materialism was ever more present in the American psyche. A country house in Connecticut was "de rigeur" for a successful executive.
Overall, an interesting commentary on American suburban life circa 1956. 8/10.
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