Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.
Sunday, 6 July 2014
Vacation time: Holiday for Lovers / Bon Voyage!
BON VOYAGE!, 1962. Comic adventure awaits the Williard family from
when Harry packs up the wife and kids and sets sail on a long-awaited “dream”
vacation to romantic Terre Haute, Indiana France.
However, their trip includes some unforeseen adventures: his wife Katie is
pursued by a Hungarian admirer, his daughter Amy meets a brash young playboy,
and Harry himself gets hopelessly lost on a tour of the Paris
sewer system (he is a plumbing contractor)! Join the Williards for a hilarious,
whirlwind trip they’ll never forget!
So says the blurb, but this is Disney corn which at 132 minutes is way overlong, with terrible pacing from Disney hack James Neilson, but it looks like they really went to
on a transatlantic liner which takes up most of the first half of the film. Fred
McMurray and Jane Wyman coast on autopilot, Deborah Walley (wasn’t she a
GIDGET?) is a pallid daughter, while Disney kids Tommy Kirk and Kevin Corcoran
reprise their usual roles. Its all an over-long travelogue around Paris –
Francoise Prevost has a good moment as the coded working girl who tries to pick up Fred, and
then his son; Ivan Desny pursues Jane, Michael Callan gets to dance a bit and
finally Jessie Royce Landis has some fun as his overbearing snooty society
mother (above), while British Richard Wattis also pops up, as it all finishes up on the