Review: ‘The Family Way’

Based on Bill Naughton's warm-hearted play, All in Good Time, and adapted by Roy Boulting and Jeffrey Dell, film is the story of an innocent young couple who marry and are unable to consummate their marriage.

Based on Bill Naughton’s warm-hearted play, All in Good Time, and adapted by Roy Boulting and Jeffrey Dell, film is the story of an innocent young couple who marry and are unable to consummate their marriage.

The youngsters (Hayley Mills and Hywel Bennett) marry and because of circumstances have to live with the lad’s parents. Even the honeymoon is a disaster since a flyaway travel agent cheats them out of their package deal trip to the Continent.

Hayley Mills gets away from her Disney image as the young bride, even essaying an undressed scene. Bennett is excellent as the sensitive young bridegroom. But it is the older hands who keep the film floating on a wave of fun, sentiment and sympathy.

John Mills is firstclass in a character role as the bluff father who cannot understand his son and produces the lower working-class man’s vulgarity without overdoing it. Avril Angers as the girl’s acid mother and John Comer as her husband are equally effective, but the best performance comes from Marjorie Rhodes as John Mills’ astute but understanding wife.

The Family Way

UK

Production

British Lion. Director Roy Boulting; Producer John Boulting; Screenplay Bill Naughton; Camera Harry Waxman; Editor Ernest Hosler; Music Paul McCartney; Art Director Alan Withy

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 114 MIN.

With

Hayley Mills Avril Angers John Comer Hywel Bennett John Mills Wilfred Pickles
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