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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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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  »

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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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This film received its initial television broadcast in New York City Monday 30 December 1957 on the Late, Late Show on WCBS (Channel 2); but once its pre-code theme of the acceptance of illegitimate children as accepted and prominent members of the story was discovered, it was afterwards avoided by major market sponsors. Less predominant situations welcomed it, however, and it was initially shown in San Francisco 7 June 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), in Detroit 16 June 1958 on CKLW (Channel 9), in Cleveland 20 February 1959 on KYW (Channel 3), in Salt Lake City 3 August 1959 on KTVT (Channel 4), and in Akron 5 October 1959 on WAKR (Channel 49). Today it's in the TCM MGM Library, and gets an occasional airing on Turner Classic Movies. 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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In reference to the mention of illegitimate children:
10 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Although a casual viewing might have one concurring on the children being born out of wedlock, there is at least one mention later in the movie about a divorce. If one divorce is in place, three can be fairly assumed, and thus, of course, three marriages. // My real complaint is not about this movie at all, but rather, about a much more well-known and acclaimed movie: Orson Wells' "Citizen Kane". Kane, assumed by all to be a fictionalized William Randolph Hearst, marries an untalented girl, and uses his money and power to promote her career, to the embarrassment of all concerned. The closest this wife character comes to a real-life person is Marian Davies. By the time someone is reading this, they are fully aware that Ms Davies is actually very talented, but because Orson Wells' film is so much more well known than the entire output of Ms. Davies, there is virtually a sub-culture with a completely wrong idea of Marian Davies and her talent.


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