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|Starring:||James Stewart, Jesse White, Bill Mumy, Glynis Johns, John Williams, Jack Kruschen, Fabian|
|Available Quality:||DivX, Hi Def, iPod|
Professor Leaf, an absent-minded poet with a prejudice against the sciences, is forced to face the fact that his son is a math prodigy with little artistic talent of his own.
25 May 2013
This review is from: Dear Brigitte (Amazon Instant Video) I don't understand why this movie is not on DVD. it can only be found on VHS, Blu-Ray, and Amazon Instant Video.The movie itself is funny. Bill Mumy is one of the most underrated child actors of all times. The offscreen friendship the Mumy and the Stewarts had translates onscreen with the familiarity between James and Bill.
jack_bagley 24 May 2013
Read the book, "Erasmus With Freckles," and see how it compares to themovie, "Dear Brigitte." While I enjoy anything with James Stewart andhave been a Bill Mumy fan for most of my life, I can honestly say thisis one time when the book shines better than the film. I have noproblem with the performances in the movie, mark you ... I merely don'tlike it when screenwriters take a good book and make a movie out of itthat is very little like the original. The family is bigger andsomewhat goofier ... and the boat (and the Leaf's neighbors) play amuch larger role. I couldn't find Ed Wynn's character anywhere in thenovel. Seems a shame to ruin such a good novel by turning it into thismovie -- the movie's fine, it's just not the story originally told.
helpless_dancer 22 May 2013
Fairly good comedy featuring an ultra smart little boy who is used byswindlers for their own gain despite the over protectiveness of hisfather.Meanwhile, the boy is scheming to meet the famous French actress while hissister is anguishing over boys and proms. Typical 60'scomedy.
21 May 2013
Dear Brigitte is one of the funniest comedies from the 1960s, about a tone-deaf, color-blind boy genius with one interest: Brigitte Bardot. James Stewart plays professor Robert Leaf, a typical college professor (when speaking of college professors typical means liberal, but this was 40 years ago and labels change). Leaf teaches poetry, lives in a houseboat in San Francisco, vocally opposes nuclear power and progress in general. He has an original way to make the family stick together - family concerts. His daughter calls him square. Leaf's 8-year old son Erasmus is played by Billy Mumy (Sammy the Way Out Seal, Lost In Space, Bless The Beasts & Children, Three Wishes). Leaf hopes to find artistic genius of some sort in his only son, and nurtures him in music, painting, literature, etc. But Leaf is disappointed, to put it mildly, when it turns out Erasmus has a gift for math, can out-think the colleges newest computer, instantly compute horse-race winners. I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but Erasmus had been writing to Bardot regularly, and after the family comes to depend on his ability, his love-sickness causes a mental block. Glynis Johns (Father's Delicate Condition, The Cabinet of Caligari, Mary Poppins) plays Leaf's wife. Ed Wynn (Requiem For A Heavyweight, Mary Poppins) is a neighbor / captain / narrator. Other cast include Fabian, Cindy Carol, John Williams, Jesse White, Jack Kruschen, and James Brolin in an early bit part. Brigitte Bardot appears at the end.
19 May 2013
Everything you love about James Stewart and more. Glynnis O'Connor is wonderful with James Stewart and Billy Mumy is the bright eyed innocence we all had once upon a time... Don't miss it. Watch with your family. It will touch one and all.
18 May 2013
The best thing about this movie was Jimmy Stewart's acting and Brigitte Bardot's five minute or so cameo appearance. It is a rarity that you get a chance to see Bardot speak in English, i.e., without the dubbing.Stewart plays the role of a poet and a somewhat unhapply professor at a large California University. His son played by Billy Mumy, the ubiquitous child actor of the 60's, is discovered to have extraordinary mathemetical skills. He also has an extraordinary crush on Bardot. What ensues is an implausable sequence of events; Mumy displaying more mathematical wizardry than a powerful mainframe computer, Mumy picking the winner of horse races and Mumy (with Stewart) taking a trip to France to meet with the inimitable Bardot.Overall, this was not a great comedy but it was at least well acted and mildly entertaining.
Movielover in Ca. 16 May 2013
American boy dreams big, and along the way we meet his family in this great movie. With a cast of James Stewart, Billy Mumy, Fabian, Glynis Johns, Ed Wynn you have a great night with the family.
16 May 2013
Henry Koster's (Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation) Dear Brigitte (1965) is an absolutely charming family chronicle of an acclaimed poet Professor Robert Leaf's (James Stewart) personal, family, and professional difficulties once he learns that his youngest son has turned out to be a mathematical prodigy unbeknownst to him. Devastated by the realization that his son has developed talents in the dreaded sciences and failed miserably in his endeavors in playing the Tuba (he's tone deaf) and painting pictures (he's color blind), Professor Leaf attempts to halt all of the publicity of his son's newly discovered gifts, pointlessly seeks to find another of his son's gifts in the area he wants him to, and desperately tries to find a way to cope with son's new found celebrity. Ironically at the same time, Stewart's young son is secretly writing love letters to French actress Brigitte Bardot.However irrelevant and inane this plot may sound to you, Dear Brigitte delivers with winning performances from John Williams, Glynis Johns, Cindy Carol, Cahrled Robinson, Jack Kruschen, and Bill Mummy, inspired mixtures of slapstick and situational humor, highly sophisticated banter, and nicely matured moral issues tightly packed into one mightily charming whopper of a family film.Definitely not to be missed, even when you're thirty.
11 May 2013
At 43:42 when they ask Erasimus the division question, the key word is "evenly". Actually 17,590,038,552,578 divided by 680=25867703753.791176470588235294118 etc. However the questioner never said it had to be "evenly". As you know very few division questions have "even" answers. Furthermore the numbers Erasmus DOES say work evenly don't. For instance if you divide it by 2,147,483,647 you get 8191.00000000046566128 etc. This may be because computers back then couldn't calculate all those digits so "relatively evenly" was the best they could do. But he left out the one that is perfectly evenly: 2. Oh yeah, great film. Of course the best scene was the one with Brigitte ;-)
bkoganbing 10 May 2013
I'm sure that the folks who were casting Lost in Space must have seenDear Brigitte and said to themselves, young Billy Mumy would be perfectcasting as the precocious Will Robinson. Dear Brigitte is a film about a professor of literature who lives on aconverted old Mississippi riverboat with his family and the formercaptain of the steamship, Ed Wynn. An almost hippie like existence forthe very Republican James Stewart and his wife Glynis Johns andchildren Cindy Carol and Billy Mumy. Stewart has an obsession about the sciences just taking over colleges,including his own and this fuels an additional obsession into finding atalent that must be hidden in his son. Young Mr. Mumy turns out to beboth color blind and tone deaf, so art and music are out.He turns out to be a mathematical genius though and Billy has anadditional obsession himself, he wants to meet Brigitte Bardot. Nowthat's something the males in the audience can empathize with.I think Dear Brigitte came out just a tad to early. A couple of yearslater with the flower power movement in full bloom, this thing wouldhave really been big box office. Audiences might have really identifiedwith an eccentric professor with his family living on a riverboat.Fabian is also along for the ride as daughter Cindy Carol's boyfriend.He was nearing the end of the line as a teenage heart throb. But I'msure his presence in the film brought more than a few dollars in.John Williams and Jesse White who play a couple of con men do a nicejob and of course we cannot forget the presence of Brigitte Bardotplaying herself.It's a pleasant innocuous little family comedy helped by a very goodcast.
Tim Cox 05 May 2013
Fun James Stewart film about a professor whose son hasadream to meet superstar Brigette Bardot. The circumstancesare pleasing and the film has wonderful moments of laughterand tenderness.
Boyo-2 05 May 2013
In the 1960's this might have passed for wholesome family entertainment.Getting Fabian for a throw-away role was probably a good casting coup, andfor comic relief you have Ed Wynn and Billy Mumy's 'Rain Man' routines. Heis an IBM in sneakers, from which most of the plot develops. He secretlywrites a love letter to Bardot every night and one day he gets a response inthe form of an invitation to visit her in France. Billy and dad JimmyStewart go to Paris and have a meeting with Miss Bardot. She gives thelittle boy an autograph, a kiss and a puppy. Inoffensive little comedy that might give you a laugh or two. I like moviesthat reference real movie stars in their title, like "Being John Malkovich"and "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" so this makes the hattrick for me.
Soujurn 04 May 2013
Jimmy Stewart makes it look so effortless that one would think hewasn't even acting. Which is the mark of a great actor. This was hissecond outing with Glynis Johns, the first time was in 1951 in theblack and white British film, No Highway In The Sky.In Dear Brigette, Stewart plays a Literature Professor at a College inCalifornia that like most of the culture of the day was struggling withthe rampant advances of technology threatening to over shadow everyoneand everything.The main focus of the film is on child actor Bill Mumy who later wenton to star in Lost In Space. He plays a young boy named "Erasmus", whois a math wizard and who can do complex calculations in his head,seemingly without effort, and not quite knowing how he does it.While people and forces around him would like to capitalize on hisgift, his father played by Stewart struggles to protect his son fromthem, and allow him to remain a "innocent little boy". A delightfulinterlude takes place half way through the picture when "Erasmus"receives an invitation to visit Paris, France and Brigette Bardot; whomhe has been secrety writing to for some time, hence the pictures title.
04 May 2013
This review is from: Dear Brigitte [VHS] (VHS Tape) Fantastic film I loved it, the video is not of very good quality but for a film this age worth the purchase. I would love to get it on DVD