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Bachelor Mother (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 4 August 1939 (USA)
Polly Parrish, a clerk at Merlin's Department Store, is mistakenly presumed to be the mother of a foundling. Outraged at Polly's unmotherly conduct, David Merlin becomes determined to keep ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Freddie Miller
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Butler
Elbert Coplen Jr. ...
Johnnie
Ferike Boros ...
Mrs. Weiss
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Investigator
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Jerome Weiss
Paul Stanton ...
Hargraves
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Doctor
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Matron
Dennie Moore ...
Mary
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Louise King
Donald Duck ...
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Storyline

Polly Parrish, a clerk at Merlin's Department Store, is mistakenly presumed to be the mother of a foundling. Outraged at Polly's unmotherly conduct, David Merlin becomes determined to keep the single woman and "her" baby together. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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"And a little child shall lead them"--into the most delightfully surprising complications you've seen on the screen! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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4 August 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Little Mother  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 22, 1940 with Ginger Rogers reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

When David Niven and Ginger Rogers leave the New Years Eve party, the amount of confetti on David Niven's jacket changes dramatically from when he talks to the lady by the door and when he exits the building. See more »

Quotes

David Merlin: So how do you like her?
Louise King: Pretty good for a fill-in. I'd just as soon go stag.
Polly: You could, too, with those shoulders.
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Crazy Credits

The cast of characters includes a wind-up toy: Donald Duck as himself. Ginger Rogers' character was in charge of a display table full of the Donald Duck toys. See more »

Connections

References Gunga Din (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
Lyrics by Robert Burns
Sung by a mob on New Year's Eve
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Lovely, funny, and enjoyable
3 March 2003 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

I recently caught this movie on TV one Saturday morning, and was it ever a delight! The story is based on a series of comedic errors, but unlike more recent films, the top-notch acting leads you to believe that yes, it could really happen that way! (I'm used to films veering way too far into the slapstick so that I'm just rolling my eyes and suspending my belief -- here I was just chuckling away.)

Ginger Rodgers and David Niven give fabulous performances, and the head of the Foundling Home plays his part without flaw. I finished the film with a warm, happy glow that I carried into the day. I will enjoy revisiting it in the future.


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