Yours, Mine and Ours

Yours, Mine and Ours

DVD - 2001
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Widowed Navy nurse, Helen North, the mother of eight children, marries handsome Navy officer, Frank Beardsley, who is the father of ten.
Publisher: Santa Monica, Calif. : MGM Home Entertainment, 2001, c1968.
Edition: Full screen version.
ISBN: 9780792849117
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (DVD) (approximately 111 mins.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.


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May 26, 2019

Yours, Mine & Ours should have been a timeless family film, but unfortunately, it is becoming outdated. This is unfortunate, because no movie should become outdated. We should learn from the past no matter how good or bad. This film is a love story about a couple, their children and the desire for them to be a family. It was shocking to discover it was based on a real story and the real life experiences of Helen North Beardsley, as described in her book, Who Gets The Drumstick? Helen North was a widowed mother of eight children who marries Frank Beardsley, the widowed father of ten children. Frank and Helen decide to legally adopt each other’s children to make the family whole and Helen gives birth to their nineteenth child. When they legally adopted each other’s children, the judge asked Helen, “There's been great fear expressed by many people that no woman can give this large number of children sufficient attention and affection to allow them to grow up in a healthy atmosphere. But in this courts investigation of your home, the reverse seems to be true. All the children seem to be happy, well-fed, normal and the house amazingly clean and in good order. My wife has two children, one poodle and a full-time maid and can't seem to manage anything. What is your secret?”” What was her secret? Frank Beardsley reveals their secret, “If you want to know what love really is, take a look around you. It's giving life that counts. Until you're ready for it, all the rest is just a big fraud. All the crazy haircuts in the world won't keep it turning. Life isn't a love in, it's the dishes and the orthodontist and the shoe repairman. And I'll tell you something else: it isn't going to a bed with a man that proves you're in love with him; it's getting up in the morning and facing the drab, miserable, wonderful everyday world with him that counts.” At least there was a family unit that reduced the level of gender wars and they mutually worked together as a team. Radical individuals don’t realise that there were men like Frank Beardsley who protected women and it was not an oppressive thing. If we take Frank Beardsley’s advice, millennials may have an easier time finding love. There is good and bad in a modern society just as there is good and bad in a traditional society. We judge traditional societies based on a few bad apples of that era and that is a shame because we still make mistakes and we still aren’t perfect and seem to forget that it is a part of being human. Families need to stick together because they need to protect minors. Each sex had their unique roles. Women are specifically and biologically designed to take care of children. Helen’s choice was to leave her career in order to raise her children. Women and men had positions in the household; it was a system like a political way of governing. As a wife and mother, Helen becomes the head of her family, like the way the Queen is the head of England. We are her subjects and we are her children. Helen was like the Queen of her castle; her husband the King and her children were her subjects. Today, it is unacceptable for women to dedicate their lives to their children, but this film presents the idea that a large family can work. I wish there would be more focus on family, but families and good hearted mothers are not the norm right now because we are in the age of decadence. This film is for all ages whether you are a teen, a young child or an adult. 5/5 Stars. @janmarrow1225 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Feb 13, 2019

This classic movie starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda tells of two widowed Navy people who eventually fall in love and get married, despite the fact that the two have a combined total of 18 children. Great flick! 4.5 Stars.

Jan 05, 2016

Good - but this 1968 movie is a little weaker than the many 40's-50's Hollywood romance movies which were the highlight of the popular genre.

Dec 16, 2014


Jan 18, 2011

This is a great family movie--great values and love in this movie, plus it's funny. Lucy and Henry Fonda seem just a bit old for the parts, but they pull if off. My teenage son wasn't too hip on watching it, but after it was over I could tell he had really enjoyed it and seemed to get what the movie teaches about family love and acceptance.

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