And wholesome. Wholesomeness in and of itself isn't anything to recommend a movie, but when combined with a script and performances like these, it's bliss to watch. Tony Perkins, Shirley MacLaine and Robert Morse were fairly new faces at the time and all had charm to spare. Shirley Booth was incomparable and I'll take Paul Ford over Walter Matthau any day.
As much as I like Walter Matthau, I agree that Paul Ford has the edge over him in this role. I think Matthau tends to go off into parody too much while Ford manages to keep the character human.