The Courtship of Eddie’s Father is a 1963 romantic comedy film directed by Vincente Minnelli and starring Glenn Ford as a widowed father, with a young son to care for, played by Ron Howard.
It inspired a television series of the same name, starring Bill Bixby and Brandon Cruz.
Young Eddie Corbett tries his best to be a matchmaker for his widowed father, Tom. At first, sexy Dollye Daly seems promising, but she ends up falling in love with and marrying Tom’s friend and radio colleague, Norman Jones.
Tom becomes attracted to a sophisticated socialite, Rita Behrens. They begin considering marriage, but Eddie takes an immediate dislike to Rita and she does not know how to deal with Eddie (nor does she particularly want to learn). In the end, Tom chooses his son over her.
Through all this, the Corbetts are supported by their new housekeeper, Mrs. Livingston, and by their divorced next-door neighbor, Elizabeth Marten. It takes a crisis for Tom to realize what has been under his nose all the time.