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The Family Way (1966)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 6 January 1967 (UK)
Compassionate look at the troubles of two young newlyweds, whose marriage has yet to be consummated.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hayley Mills ... Jenny Piper
Avril Angers Avril Angers ... Liz Piper
John Comer ... Leslie Piper
Wilfred Pickles ... Uncle Fred
John Mills ... Ezra Fitton
Marjorie Rhodes Marjorie Rhodes ... Lucy Fitton
Hywel Bennett ... Arthur Fitton
Murray Head ... Geoffrey Fitton
Barry Foster ... Joe Thompson
Liz Fraser ... Molly Thompson
Andy Bradford ... Eddie (as Andrew Bradford)
Thorley Walters ... The Vicar
Colin Gordon ... Mr. Hutton, the Travel Agent
Robin Parkinson Robin Parkinson ... Mr. Phillips, his assistant
Lesley Daine Lesley Daine ... Dora


Married life is proving to be difficult for newlyweds Jenny (Hayley Mills) and Arthur (Hywel Bennett). With well meaning, but interfering parents, nosey neighbors, and a town that thrives on gossip, can their marriage last? With all these pressures it's no wonder their personal life is suffering. Will there ever be any good news? Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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A girl, a boy, a tender, funny, terrible wedding night. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

6 January 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Todo a su tiempo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Boulting Brothers, Jambox See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Colour by) (Eastman Colour)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Touching tale of newlyweds living with the in laws
8 March 2006 | by roghacheSee all my reviews

I saw this movie as a young college student not long after it first came out. Hayley Mills was one of my favorite actresses at the time. Pretty well all girls of my era idolized, envied, and wanted to be just like her. She's a lovely lady still, beautiful accented voice, and wonderful actress. It was a thrill of a lifetime when I saw her on the London stage in 1975 in A Touch of Spring; she's even lovelier in person than on screen. Hayley's perfect here, sort of bubbly, sweet, wide eyed, and eager in the role of the young bride, Jenny. By the way, just as a point of interest for those who might not know, she married (though later divorced) this film's much older director, Ray Boulting, who was 33 years her senior.

This movie tells the story of the marital difficulties of two young newlyweds, Arthur and his virginal bride Jenny, who live with Arthur's working class parents (presumably having no choice for financial reasons). The flat's thin walls prove a problem; Arthur becomes impotent and the couple is unable to consummate the marriage. Their affairs, or lack thereof, become the topic of conversation among interfering family members and the gossip of the neighborhood which, as you might predict, does not prove an asset to Arthur's situation. This unusual (for that era) and touching theme is sensitively portrayed. Times may have changed but believe it or not, I think it's a subject that's still relevant even in the modern Viagra era. Lots of sexual dysfunction issues of one sort or another for modern couples today.

Apparently there were other significant family relationship stories in this picture, especially mother / father / son interactions, but frankly, after all these years, I don't recall any of the details. I would love to watch this film again now, especially as some reviewers seem to indicate that the movie actually revolves more around these issues than the question of Arthur's performance. One commented that the impotency was merely a sub-plot. Naturally the main focus in a movie is invariably the juicy sexual aspect, and I confess that's what I focused on myself when I saw it years ago.

Hayley's real life father, John Mills, plays her father-in-law (Arthur's dad) so it was interesting seeing father and daughter on screen together. They also star together in the much earlier 1959 film Tiger Bay. He's brilliant of course in all his roles, especially the village idiot in Ryan's Daughter.

The film generated a great fuss about it being Hayley's first grown up part, accustomed as we all were to her starring childhood roles in Pollyanna, The Parent Trap etc. Too much has been made of the infamous bathtub scene and the revealing glimpse (actually brief, tastefully done, and not terribly risqué) of Hayley's derriere.

This is a marvelous, highly under rated, currently virtually unknown film of British working class family life...a kitchen sink movie, they seem to be calling it. Even after thirty years, it has left a good impression on me and I recommend it.

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