High Time (film)

Infobox Film
name = High Time

caption = Original 1960 film poster
director = Blake Edwards
producer = Charles Brackett
writer = Garson Kanin (story)
Frank Waldman and Tom Waldman (screenplay)
starring = Bing Crosby
Tuesday Weld
Nicole Maurey
Richard Beymer
music = Henry Mancini
cinematography = Ellsworth Fredericks
editing = Robert L. Simpson
distributor = 20th Century Fox
released = September 16, 1960
runtime = 103 min.
country = USA
awards =
language = English
budget =
amg_id = 1:95182
imdb_id = 0053912

"High Time" is a 1960 collegiate comedic film, directed by Blake Edwards and starring Bing Crosby. The film is told from the perspective of a middle-aged man who enters the world of a new generation of postwar youth. In the years since its release, "High Time" has come to be viewed as a comedic study of the slowly-emerging generation gap between the music and mores of an older generation and postwar youth, as well as an inadvertent time capsule of American adolescents and lifestyles in 1960.


Wealthy restaurateur Harvey Howard (Crosby), a self-made man and a widower, decides to go back to college at the age of 51 and earn a bachelor's degree. He faces opposition from his grown children, as well as a generation gap between himself and his much-younger fellow students. Along the way, Howard fends off the attentions of college coeds while trying his best to fit in with his youthful classmates and earn their respect. He eventually falls in love with his French professor, and the romance causes further complications to his scholastic ambitions.


"High Time" was scripted by Garson Kanin, Frank Waldman, and Tom Waldman. It was originally titled "Big Daddy", with the starring role to be played by Gary Cooper. When Cooper's terminal illness forced him to decline the role, Bing Crosby was signed as lead, and the script was revised to his requirements. It was filmed in Stockton, California at the University Of The Pacific, Stockton Junior High School, Amos Alonzo Stagg Senior High School and other locations in Stockton.


*Bing Crosby .... Harvey Howard
*Fabian .... Gil Sparrow
*Tuesday Weld .... Joy Elder
*Nicole Maurey .... Prof. Helene Gauthier
*Richard Beymer .... Bob Bannerman
*Patrick Adiarte .... T.J. Padmanagham
*Yvonne Craig .... Randy 'Scoop' Pruitt
*Jimmy Boyd .... Robert Higgson
*Gavin MacLeod .... Professor Thayer
*Kenneth MacKenna .... President Byrne of Pinehurst
*Nina Shipman .... Laura Howard
*Angus Duncan .... Harvey Howard Jr.
*Paul von Schreiber .... Crump
*Harold Ayer .... Student
*Jimmy Baya .... Band Leader
*Carla Borelli .... Harvey Jr.'s Date at Ball
*Harry Carter .... Harvey's Chauffeur
*Alvin Childress .... Guest Announcer at Judge Carter's Ball
*Donald Cockburn .... Basketball Coach
*Dick Crockett .... Bones McKinney
*Douglass Dumbrille .... Judge Carter
*Gregg Dunn .... Bit Role
*Opal Euard .... Mrs. Carter
*Frank Fowler .... Professor
*Don Gazzaniga .... Bit Role
*Ruby Goodwin .... Dr. Byrne's Maid
*Ray Hamilton .... Laura's Date at Ball
*John Page Harrington .... Heazlett
*Linda Hutchings .... Bit Role
*Byron Kane .... Professor
*Jean Paul King .... Professor
*James Lanphier .... Burdick, Maitre D' at Harvey Howard's
*Johnny Lee .... Servant at Judge Carter's Ball
*Mary Patton .... Matron
*Edward T. Peckham .... Professor
*Ray A. Rustigan .... Hedgepeth
*Art Salter .... Gas Station Attendant
*Jeffrey Sayre .... Helps Harvey from Floor at Dance
*Frank J. Scannell .... Auctioneer at College
*Elisabeth Talbot-Martin .... Matron
*Emerson Treacy .... Professor
*Janice Trotter .... Student
*Irene Vernon .... Matron
*Ernestine Wade .... Judge Carter's Maid
*H.E. West .... Bit Role

External links

*imdb title|id=0053912|title=High Time
*amg movie|id=1:95182|title=High Time

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