Superdad is a 1973 American comedy film by Walt Disney Productions starring Bob Crane, Barbara Rush, Kurt Russell, Joe Flynn, and Kathleen Cody. Directed by Vincent McEveety, the film marks the motion picture debut of Bruno Kirby.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Vincent McEveety|
|Produced by||Bill Anderson|
|Written by||Joseph L. McEveety|
|Music by||Buddy Baker|
|Edited by||Ray de Leuw|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Distribution|
|Box office||$7 million (US/Canada rentals)|
Charlie McCready (Bob Crane) tries to wrest his daughter Wendy (Kathleen Cody) from her childhood friends, whom he believes have no ambition. He especially disapproves of her boyfriend, Bart (Kurt Russell). Initially he makes a few attempts to bridge the generation gap, but to no avail. For instance, he attempts to impress his daughter's friends by trying his hand at beach volleyball and water skiing, but both attempts result in humiliating accidents. Late in the summer, Wendy receives a letter informing her that she's won a full scholarship to her parents' alma mater, Huttington College. Unbeknownst to her, the letter is fake; her father has paid the first year's tuition himself, and had a friend at the college send the letter to her. He did this so Wendy would not attend City College with Bart and her other friends.
Charlie later visits Wendy at Huttington, and discovers that the college has changed considerably since he attended there. Wendy later discovers his plot, and joins the campus counterculture as a way of getting even. She inadvertently becomes engaged to a hippie artist named Klutch. Charlie attempts to intervene on her behalf, and ends up in a fistfight with Klutch. Wendy's boyfriend Bart comes to the rescue. At this point, Charlie learns that Bart had turned down a scholarship to Huttingdon so he could be near Wendy. The movie ends with Wendy's marriage to Bart.
- Bob Crane as Charlie McCready
- Barbara Rush as Sue McCready
- Kurt Russell as Bart
- Joe Flynn as Cyrus Hershberger
- Kathleen Cody as Wendy McCready
- Joby Baker as Klutch
- Dick Van Patten as Ira Kushaw
- Bruno Kirby as Stanley Schlimmer
- Judith Lowry as Mother Barlow
- Ivor Francis as Dr. Skinner on TV
- Jonathan Daly as Rev. Griffith
- Naomi Stevens as Mrs. Levin
- Nicholas Hammond as Roger Rhinehurst
- Jack Manning as Justice of the Peace
- Jim Wakefield as House Manager
- Ed McCready as Cab Driver
- Larry Gelman as Mr. Schlimmer
- Stephen Dunne as TV Moderator
- Allison McKay as Secretary
- Leon Belasco as Limousine Driver
- Sarah Fankboner as Scout Girl
- Christina Anderson as Gang
- Ed Begley Jr. as Gang
- Don Carter as Gang
- Joy Ellison as Gang
- Ann Marshall as Gang
- Michael Rupert as Gang
After its theatrical release, it appeared on The Wonderful World of Disney. To date it has not been widely released on DVD (made available exclusively to members of the Disney Movie Club in that format), but it had previously been released on the VHS and Betamax formats during the 1980s. It has also been released on the digital format.
In other mediaEdit
A poster for Superdad can be seen in a subway car in the original 1974 version of the film Death Wish.
Superdad was featured in the biographical film Auto Focus, with Bob Crane (Greg Kinnear) seeing his role as the leading man in this Disney film as a way to revive his career following the retirement of his hit series Hogan's Heroes. Footage of the film is shown where Crane is on water skis (Kinnear in a re-shoot of that scene), along with a voice-over of how Superdad sat on the shelves for a year before flopping at the box office.
- "All-time Film Rental Champs", Variety, 7 January 1976 p 44