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  • 1941
  • 1 hr 3 min
  • 3.5  (19)

Father Steps Out is a whimsical and charming comedy from 1941 that follows the misadventures of a middle-aged father named Horace Pierpont Manning (played by Jed Prouty) who takes a sudden interest in reliving his youth. Manning is a successful but staid businessman who is bored with his predictable and routine life. He yearns for the carefree days of his youth when he used to be a dancer and had a reputation as a bit of a ladies' man.

One day, Manning impulsively decides to audition for a small role in a local theatre production. Despite his lack of experience, he manages to secure the part thanks to his natural charm and enthusiasm. Soon, he is spending all his free time rehearsing and hanging out with the young actors and actresses in the play.

Manning's wife (played by Lorna Gray) is initially supportive of his new hobby, but as he gets more and more involved in the play, she becomes increasingly exasperated with his childish behavior. She fears that his antics will embarrass their family and damage their reputation. Meanwhile, Manning's daughter (played by Mary Treen) is delighted to see her father having fun and being carefree, and she tries to help him navigate the world of theatre.

Complications arise when Manning is mistaken for a wealthy and influential theatre critic and is given free tickets to a high-profile Broadway show. Manning, thrilled at the prospect of seeing a real Broadway production, takes advantage of the mistaken identity and begins to pose as the critic. Hilarity ensues as he tries to keep up the charade while simultaneously trying to keep his wife and daughter from finding out.

Father Steps Out is a lighthearted and humorous look at one man's attempt to recapture his youth and find excitement and passion in his life again. Jed Prouty is delightful as Horace Manning, bringing a sense of charm and earnestness to the role that makes it easy to root for him despite his foolhardy decisions. His interactions with the other characters, particularly his daughter, are touching and heartfelt.

Lorna Gray is perfect as the straight-laced and sensible wife who is exasperated with her husband's behavior. She brings a certain gravitas to the role that keeps the movie grounded and prevents it from becoming too silly or frivolous. Mary Treen is also a standout as Manning's precocious daughter, who is wise beyond her years and serves as a sort of mediator between her parents.

The supporting cast is also strong, particularly Frank Albertson as the theatre producer who takes a liking to Manning and tries to help him navigate the world of theatre. His scenes with Manning are some of the most memorable in the movie, particularly when he teaches Manning how to dance.

In addition to its strong cast, Father Steps Out benefits from its witty and clever script. The dialogue is sharp and funny, with plenty of one-liners and clever wordplay. The plot is also well-constructed, with plenty of twists and turns to keep the audience engaged.

Visually, the movie is quite impressive, particularly in its depiction of the theatre world. The theatre sets are detailed and intricate, and the costumes are colorful and period-appropriate. The dance numbers are also well-choreographed, particularly the climactic scene in which Manning gets to show off his moves.

Overall, Father Steps Out is a delightful and charming comedy that is sure to leave audiences smiling. It's a light and breezy movie that doesn't take itself too seriously, but that still manages to hold up thanks to its strong cast, smart script, and well-executed visuals. It's a perfect movie for anyone looking for a little bit of escapism and a lot of laughs.

Father Steps Out is a 1941 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 3 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 3.5.

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    3.5  (19)