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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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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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4 August 1939 (USA)  »

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Little Mother  »

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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 28, 1949 with Charles Coburn again reprising his 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: Of course he talks! Why, he can recite the first line of Gunga Din!
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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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Deft and Dazzling Comedy
12 June 2003 | by (Santa Monica, California) – See all my reviews

Ginger Rogers, David Niven and Charles Coburn achieve intense comic chemistry under the direction of Garson Kanin. Hardly a dull moment in this stylish and breezy 1940's "department store" romance. The film is constantly funny, often hilarious and always engaging. Rogers and Niven are so stellar they transcend their era, their characters are as contemporary as they are classic. Overall, a brilliant effort by all concerned!


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