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Forty Little Mothers (1940)

 -  Drama  -  26 April 1940 (USA)
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An out-of-work professor gets a break from an old college buddy to teach at an exclusive girl's school. But events conspire against him: he finds an abandoned child which he takes under his... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Gilbert Jordan Thompson
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Madame Granville
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Judge Joseph M. Williams
Rita Johnson ...
Marian Edwards
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Doris
Diana Lewis ...
Marcia
Nydia Westman ...
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Margaret Early ...
Eleanor
Martha O'Driscoll ...
Janette
Charlotte Munier ...
Lois
Louise Seidel ...
Betty
Baby Quintanilla ...
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An out-of-work professor gets a break from an old college buddy to teach at an exclusive girl's school. But events conspire against him: he finds an abandoned child which he takes under his wing, despite the school's rules against teachers having a family; and the girls in the school resent his replacing a handsome and popular teacher, and do everything in their power to get him fired. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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26 April 1940 (USA)  »

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Gilbert Jordan Thompson: Now wait a minute girls, you know motherhood is not a government project - at least not in this country.
[a thinly-veiled reference to Nazi Germany in this 1940 film]
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Referenced in Dad's Army: Mum's Army (1970) See more »

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You Were Meant for Me
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung by schoolgirls
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High concept studio comedy
1 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Judith Anderson is known for her dramatic film roles. This time, however, she does a high concept studio comedy for MGM and comes away a winner. She is paired with Eddie Cantor no less, a baby and over three dozen young girls with designs on motherhood. Somehow the premise and the unusual casting work. It works so well, in fact, that one wishes for a sequel.

Mr. Cantor, for his part, is usually found in variety shows, or at least movies with big scale musical numbers. There is none of that in this picture. Surprising because the director is Busby Berkeley, of all people.


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