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

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4 August 1939 (USA)  »

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Little Mother  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Hal K. Dawson (Judge), Renie Riano (Amy Mellish) and Charles Halton (Doctor) are in studio records/casting call lists (with their character names) for this movie, but they did not appear or were not identifiable. 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

Polly: Is there something I can do?
J.B. Merlin: [holding the baby] You've done it.
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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 Love Affair (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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A true Romantic-Comedy
2 November 2003 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a romantic comedy in the fullest sense of both terms. it is both hilariously funny and touchingly romantic (in the old-fashion boy sweeps girl off her feet even though she can give as good as she gets kind of way).

I totally loved the New Year Party scene, and the complications with the other boyfriend were great fun. And Donald Duck has a small but key role to play in this story.

Obviously some of the social attitudes are a bit hackneyed today, but the character personalities certainly shine through brilliantly still.


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