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The Bachelor Father (1931)

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Lonely in his English country estate, Sir Basil decides to gather his grown (albeit illegitimate) children around him in his declining years. He uses a ledger which keeps track of the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Ralph Forbes ...
John Ashley
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Sir Basil Algernon 'Chief' Winterton
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Geoffrey Trent
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
Richard 'Dick' Berney (as Guinn Williams)
David Torrence ...
Dr. Frank 'Mac' MacDonald
Doris Lloyd ...
Mrs. Julia Webb
Edgar Norton ...
Bolton, the Second Butler
Nina Quartero ...
Maria Credaro (as Nena Quartero)
Halliwell Hobbes ...
Larkin, the Butler
Elizabeth Murray ...
Mrs. 'Aunt Molly' Berney
James Gordon ...
Mr. Carson Creswell, a Lawyer
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Storyline

Lonely in his English country estate, Sir Basil decides to gather his grown (albeit illegitimate) children around him in his declining years. He uses a ledger which keeps track of the payments he has been making to ex-lovers to locate 2 of them, and a third is found by a lawyer in New York, her mother was too proud to accept any money. Sir Basil is a curmudgeon, and his three adult children have a hard time with him at first. Toni, the American, is a free spirit who had a budding career in show business. Jeffery is English and a semi-gentleman, and Maria is Italian, with a Latin temperament. They begin to bond, especially Sir Basil and Toni, whose outgoing personality finally wins over the old man. But past lives begin to creep back into the picture and threaten the old man's plans for a life filled with his children. Written by Ron Kerrigan

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

10 January 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Pai Celibat├írio  »

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Budget:

$502,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The original play opened in New York on 13 February 1928 at the Belasco Theater, with C. Aubrey Smith originating the role of Sir Basil. The play ran for 263 performances. See more »

Goofs

A shot of Marion Davies coming downstairs, about 35 minutes into the movie, opens with a clapper boy removing himself from the set. See more »

Quotes

Sir Basil Algernon 'Chief' Winterton: I am the first man ever to become a father by majority vote.
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Marion Davies and C. Aubrey Smith Are Great
14 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This 1931 comedy gets better with every viewing because of the comedic talents of Marion Davies and a terrific performance by C. Aubrey Smith. Smith plays a gruff old man who gathers his grown children (from his younger days as a rake) in his declining years. One is American (Davies), one English (Ray Milland who looks about 18), and one Italian (Nina Quartero). There are some surprises as the plot moves along with Ralph Forbes(was has no appeal at all) falling for Davies.

Davies and Smith are just wonderful together and very touching. Davies also gets to do a few dances and make a few "big" entrances. And of course Davies is just gorgeous.

Halliwell Hobbes, Doris Lloyd, Elizabeth Murray, Guinn Williams, Edgar Norton, and David Torrence co-star. Had they given out supporting Oscar awards in 1931, Smith might well have been nominated. He's just excellent in this this gem.


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