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Keep It In The Family

Karen Sayers and Alex Macdonald, fed up with the disorganized grime of student ghetto living, decide they are ready for their own apartment. Denied financial assistance by their parents, the two devise an ingenious plan for revenge. Karen lands a job as Roy Macdonald’s private secretary. She is an instant hit with her boss, and a few knee-pats later the two land in Room 2326 of a downtown hotel.

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Meanwhile, back at the Sayers’ residence, Alex, the new gardener, diverts his attention from the marigold beds for that of Celia Sayers. But all is not well, for Celia feels great remorse and orders him out of the house. Alex wants to call off the deception, but effervescent Karen finds herself falling in love with the enemy. And so, she spends her time wining, dining and sneaking back to the student quarter in the wee hours of the morning.

Incensed by the news that in this latest affair, Roy is robbing the cradle, his wife Estelle, files for divorce. Roy soon tries to cool his relationship with Karen only to find that she is pregnant. Roy gulps and agrees to marriage. However, he is too exhausted by her rugged schedule of tennis, golf, swimming and jogging to absorb the good news that her condition was a false alarm. The wedding plans proceed smoothly until Roy brings Alex to the Sayers’ house and Celia realizes that her ex-gardener is her future son-in-law’s son! She confesses all to Roy in his office and then drives off at top speed, oblivious to the fact that the world’s most accident-prone policeman is following in hot pursuit.

Following a hilarious car chase that would rival the Keystone Cops, Roy and Celia confess their love for each other.

The wedding proceeds as scheduled, but bedlam breaks out before the minister can pronounce anyone man and wife. In the true tradition of romantic farce, however, the final scene resolves all dilemmas. Alex is joyfully reunited with Karen and his father rides off into the sunset with her mother. Even Karen’s father manages to find consolation — with a delectable blonde.

Genre
Comedy @en
Year
1973
Budget
450,000
Stars
John Gavin, Patricia Gage, Alan McRae
Director
Larry Kent
Writer
Larry Kent, Edward Stewart
Photography
Roger Moride
Editor
Larry Kent
Music
Paul Baillargeon
Running Time
90 minutes
Classification
13+
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John and Larry Kent meet John Gavin at Dorval Airport

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Alfred Pariser, Don Seal, and John at Press Conference

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Keep it in the Family - VHS clamshell packaging

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  1. Clay
    Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
    have been wanting again to see this movie for years. It didn't disappoint. Lots of mad hat humor and situational comedy to keep the 1970s cult film buffs happy