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Bachelor Mother (1939)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  4 August 1939 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Polly Parrish
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David Merlin
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J. B. Merlin
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Freddie Miller
E.E. Clive ...
Butler
Elbert Coplen Jr. ...
Johnnie
Ferike Boros ...
Mrs. Weiss
Ernest Truex ...
Investigator
Leonard Penn ...
Jerome Weiss
Paul Stanton ...
Hargraves
Frank M. Thomas ...
Doctor
Edna Holland ...
Matron
Dennie Moore ...
Mary
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Louise King
Donald Duck ...
Himself
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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

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 6, 1946 with Ginger Rogers and David Niven reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

J.B. Merlin: I don't care who the father is, I'm the grandfather!
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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

Remade as Bundle of Joy (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock-a-Bye Baby
(1886) (uncredited)
Music by Effie I. Canning
Variations often in the score
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One of Ginger Rogers' Best Films!
22 June 1999 | by (S. Bound Brook, NJ) – See all my reviews

Having seen most of GR's movies (both solo & with Fred Astaire), I must admit that I much prefer her "solo" (as opposed to merely a "dancing partner") & "Bachelor Mother" is, without a doubt, her funniest film!

There are many great comedic "bits" in this film -- her pretending not to speak English at a New Year's Eve party, the dancehall sequence, David Niven's run-in with a toy "Donald Duck" (and many more), that make this film an absolute JOY!

The only other GR film that comes close to it is "Vivacious Lady". Both of these are "Must See"! -- And, try not to laff so hard!


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