College psychiatry professor Jonathan Kingsley (David Niven) and his wife Alice (Lola Albright) are shocked when their beautiful 17-year-old daughter Linda (Cristina Ferrare) is arrested at a campus protest and charged with disturbing the peace, inciting to riot, resisting arrest, and unlawful assembly on university property.
She is also caught carrying a picket sign with an unsavoury word written on the back (she claims she never turned the sign around to see the naughty word).
Linda also smokes cigarettes, gets caught speeding, and keeps a messy room – all of which drive her psychiatrist father crazy – but when she poses for a nude painting, he really throws a fit.
Father gets rid of Linda on a short holiday, but when she returns, he has two big surprises. The first concerns her attitude to life. She is no longer a flighty teenager. She cleans her room, tidies herself up, and becomes the attractive young woman she could always have been. Why? Because she has fallen in love.
But the second surprise cancels out the pleasure of the first. She’s gone and married the object of her affection!
Jonathan threatens to annul the marriage, whereupon Linda refuses to reveal the name of her husband. How will Jonathan get out of this one? What happens when he finally meets the husband?
Niven is superb and carries the film, with a little assistance from the other players, particularly Ozzie Nelson (in his last film role) in a minor part as a hypochondriac doctor.
Dr Herbert Fleischer
Dean Harvey Rockwell
Dr Elliot Fish
Mrs Celia Fish
J. Edward Mckinley