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


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


$502,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Because of the subject of illegitimate children, the movie was banned in Ireland and underwent dialogue deletions in many areas, including Milwaukee, Massachusetts and Virginia. See more »


A man steps out of a room, does some gyrations, and quickly jumps back in. See more »


Sir Basil Algernon 'Chief' Winterton: I am the first man ever to become a father by majority vote.
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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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