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This family comedy stars James Stewart as Dr. Robert Leaf, a college professor who dislikes science and tries to instill in his children a love of art and music. So Robert and his wife Vina (Glynis Johns) are dismayed to discover that their eight-year-old son Erasmus (Billy Mumy) is tone-deaf and color-blind; what's worse, he has a genius-level talent for mathematics. Robert isn't sure what to do about Erasmus, but while his older sister Pandora (Cindy Carol) puts his skills to work by getting him to do her homework, his older friend Kenneth (Fabian) has a better idea. Kenneth and Erasmus come up with a foolproof plan for picking the winners in horse racing -- so foolproof that it draws the attention of two con men, Upjohn (John Williams) and Argyle (Jesse White), who want to use Erasmus's skills to clean up at the track. Robert at first refuses, and then relents only when they agree to use a cut of the proceeds to endow a humanities scholarship, though Robert is about the only one surprised when the men prove not to be good to their word. Meanwhile, Erasmus is head over heels in love with French screen siren Brigitte Bardot -- so much so that he's been writing her love letters. In return, the lucky boy has received an invitation to come meet her, and Robert and Erasmus use some of their racetrack winnings to fly to Paris and take her up on her offer. Nunnally Johnson, who received no credit, contributed to the screenplay; Miss Bardot, of course, plays herself (who else could?). ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast

James Stewart
as Prof. Robert Leaf
Glynis Johns
as Vina Leaf
Cindy Carol
as Pandora Leaf
Bill Mumy
as Erasmus Leaf
Brigitte Bardot
as Herself
Jack Kruschen
as Dr. Volker
Howard Freeman
as Dean Sawyer
Jane Wald
as Terry
Alice Pearce
as Unemployment Office Clerk
Jesse White
as Argyle
Ed Wynn
as The Captain
Bob Biheller
James Brolin
as Student
Clive Clerk
as Student
Susanne Cramer
as Blonde Doll
Jack Daly
as Ticket Seller
William Henry
as Cashier
Ted Mapes
as Postman
Gene O'Donnell
as Lieutenant Rink
Maida Severn
as Schoolteacher
Orville Sherman
as Von Schlogg
Susanne Cramer
as Blonde Doll
Maida Severn
as Schoolteacher
Jack Daly
as Ticket Seller
Ted Mapes
as Postman
James Brolin
as Student
Gene O'Donnell
as Lieutenant Rink
William Henry
as Cashier
Clive Clerk
as Student

Crew

Henry Koster
Director
Henry Koster
Producer
Fred Kohlmar
Producer
John Haase
Book Author
Hal Kanter
Screenwriter
Lucien Ballard
Cinematographer
George Duning
Composer (Music Score)
Jack Martin Smith
Art Director
Walter Scott
Set Designer
Moss Mabry
Costume Designer
Alfred Bruzlin
Sound/Sound Designer
Elmer Raguse
Sound/Sound Designer
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