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Q: movie trivia ( No Answer,   0 Comments )
Subject: movie trivia
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Movies and Film
Asked by: selfgovern-ga
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Posted: 08 Sep 2006 13:29 PDT
Expires: 08 Oct 2006 13:29 PDT
Question ID: 763486
What's the name of a movie from the 50's (about) where a Cary
Grant-type was a single dad and let his kid (about 5-7) change his
name as often as he wanted?  The kid was in trouble for changing his
name to his dog's name -- Fido or Rex or something like that.

Request for Question Clarification by pinkfreud-ga on 08 Sep 2006 14:07 PDT
I believe you may be remembering "Houseboat," in which Cary Grant
plays a widower trying to raise his three precocious children. The
youngest son is very insecure, and he runs away from home and talks
about changing his name.

Does any of this sound familiar?

Request for Question Clarification by pinkfreud-ga on 08 Sep 2006 14:16 PDT
This is a long shot, since the lead actor isn't what I would consider
to be a Cary Grant type, but in the movie "A Thousand Clowns," a
single father played by Jason Robards has a 12-year-old son who
changes his name frequently. At least two of the kid's name choices
are dogs' names ("King" and "Rover").

Request for Question Clarification by pinkfreud-ga on 08 Sep 2006 14:42 PDT
More on "A Thousand Clowns":

"One of the parts of the story is Nick's choosing a name for himself.
The names he samples include Wilbur, Malcolm, Theodore, Raphael
Sabatini, Dr. Morris Fishbein, Woodrow, King, Rover, Lefty, Chevrolet
and Big Sam Burns."

Request for Question Clarification by pinkfreud-ga on 20 Sep 2006 13:11 PDT
I was talking with a friend about this question, and my friend agreed
that the most likely movie is "A Thousand Clowns." According to my
friend, the child in "Houseboat" doesn't change his name, he just runs
away. It has been a very long time since I saw either of these movies.
"A Thousand Clowns" definitely has a boy who is allowed to change his
name, and he does pick a couple of dogs' names, as I mentioned above.

Request for Question Clarification by pinkfreud-ga on 04 Oct 2006 17:34 PDT
I'm interested in hearing your thoughts on this. Is "A Thousand Clowns" your movie?
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