Yours, Mine, and Ours: Family Comedy Starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda

Though based on a real-life marriage in the early 1960s, Melvin Shavelson’s Yours, Mine, and Ours is an unabashedly old-fashioned and fluffy film for all members of the family.

Lucille Ball, in hiatus from her TV show, plays Helen North, a widow with eight children who falls in love with Naval officer Frank Beardsley (Henry Fonda), a widower with ten children of his own.

The comedic situations derive from the sheer numbers and diverse age groups of the offspring.

An almost unnecessary narration is used in the first half of the film to help set the stage for the nuptials.

Van Johnson is the mutual friend who brings the couple together.

Tom Bosley plays the harried doctor who makes a house call and shockingly finds 20 patients under one roof.

But, wait, who is counting? The newlyweds are soon off to the hospital when Helen becomes pregnant with the couple’s first child.

Running time: 114 minutes.

Directed by Melville Shavelson

Released: April 24, 1968

DVD: March 6, 2001

MGM Home Entertainment