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The Bachelor Father (1931)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 10 January 1931 (USA)
Old man invites three of his illegitimate children to live with him.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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John Ashley
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Sir Basil Algernon 'Chief' Winterton
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Geoffrey Trent
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Richard 'Dick' Berney (as Guinn Williams)
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Dr. Frank 'Mac' MacDonald
Doris Lloyd ...
Mrs. Julia Webb
Edgar Norton ...
Bolton, the Second Butler
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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 Celibatário  »

Box Office

Budget:

$502,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(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 man steps out of a room, does some gyrations, and quickly jumps back in. 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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Connections

Alternate-language version of Le père célibataire (1931) See more »

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Not such a bad Marion Davies talkie
31 March 2001 | by (NY NY) – See all my reviews

This is one of the better Marion Davies talkies - and one of the few to allow her to exhibit her skill as a physical comedian which was so endearing in her silent films. OK, so she does a clunky tap number, but even Ruby Keeler's dancing from the era does not hold up for younger generations. The problem here is the script. The story falls into unbelievable melodrama in the last reel. It's quite stagey, and is obviously adapted from a play... but not well enough. Still, there is some snappy dialogue and slapstick throughout. Worth a look.


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