"The Skipper Surprised His Wife" -
This Elliott Nugent film (1950) was probably a throwaway comedy for MGM.
It's in black and white and seems made on a modest budget.
But, in its' story about a Navy commander (Robert Walker) who thinks, when his wife (Joan Leslie) breaks her leg, that he can become "a housewife" and run him, her, the kids, the dog and the house, the film is thoroughly inventive and quite charming, too.
It also has some marvelous set-pieces, especially the one in which Robert Walker tries to make breakfast for the family - he can't make coffee, he can't make toast, he can't do the dishes.
The kids are so amused by the "spectacle" that they ask him to do it again (?!).
Robert Walker and Joan Leslie are a perfect match as a loving, but beleaguered couple.
Tommy Myers and Rudy Lee, who play their sons, are genuine scene-stealers.
And Finnegan Weatherwax, who plays the dog, Muscles, is the perfect companion.
Films that are this unpretentious and this charming are very often "written off".
To a lot of people, they just don't seem ambitious enough.
(There's some sly gay humor with a character who offers to take Robert Walker away from it all, but I don't know whether it comes from the script or the actor or maybe even the director himself.)
(I know nothing about Elliott Nugent.)