With Six You Get Eggroll (1968)

Fifty-three years ago today, the film With Six You Get Eggroll premiered. I am a huge fan of late 60s movies, the decor, the clothing, the overall grooviness. You have to see this movie.

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Title: With Six You Get Eggroll
Directed by: Howard Morris
Produced by: Martin Melcher
Written by: R.S. Allen, Gwen Bagni
Starring: Doris Day, Brian Keith, Pat Carroll, Barbara Hershey, Alice Ghostley, George Carlin, The Grass Roots
Music by: Robert Mersey
Cinematography: Ellsworth Fredericks, Harry Stradling Jr.
Edited by: Adrienne Fazan
Production Company: Cinema Center Films, Arwin Productions
Distributed by: National General Pictures
Release date: August 7, 1968
Running time: 95 minutes
Box office: $10,095,200

Abby McClure (Doris Day) is a widow with three sons who runs the lumberyard that her husband owned. Her matchmaking sister Maxine (Pat Carroll) tricks her into calling widower Jake Iverson (Brian Keith) and inviting him to the business dinner party Abby is having that night. Not interested in the trouble his sexy, adultery-minded neighbor Cleo (Elaine Devry) is trying to get him into, Jake arrives at Abby’s and is bored by all of the matchmaking dialogue. Jake makes up an excuse to leave, but later runs into Abby at an all-night supermarket. Embarrassed by being caught in a fib, Jake meets Abby at a local drive-in run by the wise-cracking Herbie (George Carlin) and the two stay out until 2 a.m. A romance develops, much to the chagrin of Jake’s teenage daughter Stacey (Barbara Hershey) and Abby’s three sons, Flip, Mitch and Jason (John Findlater, Jimmy Bracken, and Richard Steele). The children make certain that neither Jake nor Abby can be comfortable at the other’s home, so the pair wind up more than once at the drive-in, before finally falling in love. Fed up with the situation, they elope, not telling their children that they have married until the next day when the children discover them in bed together.

From then on, Abby’s sons fight with Iverson’s possessive daughter Stacey; while Flip and Stacey both are hostile to the idea of a step-parent; and even Abby’s sheepdog and Jake’s poodle are incompatible. Neither’s house is large enough for the family of six (not including Abby’s live-in maid Molly Alice Ghostley), so they borrow a camper and use it as a bedroom while they move into Abby’s house and eventually put Jake’s up for sale.

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The morning after a bedtime argument, Abby drives off in the camper in a rage; Jake is dumped out clad only in boxers and clutching a teddy bear. After running through the neighborhood, he gets Herbie to lend him some clothes and drive him back to his house. Once Abby discovers what has happened, she returns only to find Jake gone. She is joined by a band of hippies she meets when she reaches the drive-in. When the camper collides with a livestock truck carrying chickens, Abby and the hippies are arrested. Hearing of the accident, Jake and the children rush to her rescue, colliding with the same chicken truck. The angry driver assaults Jake and the children (and pets) unite in his defense. At the station-house the parents and children are joyfully reconciled, and the family finally buys a huge two-story house big enough for a family of six, a maid, and two dogs.

The title of the movie comes from a scene where the family goes out for Chinese food, and one of the kids notices that because they are a large group, they get something extra: “With six you get eggroll!”

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