Melville Shavelson was one funny guy! In his lifetime he had written many jokes within scripts for movies and television shows that are beloved today. Sadly, in 2007 on August 8 he passed away. In 1968 he wrote the iconic movie Yours, Mine, and Ours starring Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda.
What happens when you have a retired Navy captain, Fred Beardsley, meets a glowing mother of eight Helen North? Simple, the two end up going on a date together where they reveal they have the combined amount of eighteen children. Together, Fred and Helen start to build a life together. Although, they are happy together, their children are not. Several of teenagers do not like the living situation, while others do their best to sabotage their relationship. However, it takes some comedic tough love in order to gain the love of both parents as Helen and Fred have made it clear they do not want to separate. Eventually, the children learn to put their differences aside and go with the flow, including living together as a family. Helen and Fred finally gain the family the two widowers had longed for since their respective spouses have passed away.
Melville Shavelson wrote a good amount of comedy in his lifetime. However, nothing compares to the 1968 film Yours, Mine and Ours with Lucille Ball and Henry Fonda as two parents trying to keep eighteen kids in line. Throughout laughter, they are able to bring to life a comedy like no other.