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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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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 ...
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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)  »

Also Known As:

Eddie Cantor, Ama Seca  »

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Quotes

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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You Were Meant for Me
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung by schoolgirls
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Eddie Cantor could act!

In most of his roles, Eddie Cantor mostly did his stage performance, clapping his hands and rolling his eyes, but in "Forty Little Mothers," he had a role completely out of character.

And he was great! I tuned in to Turner Classic Movies (July, 2010) expecting a bit of fluff, a chance to rest from my Internet labors, and was I happily surprised.

Besides Cantor, one of my favorite screen females, Bonita Granville, was there, as were many talented if not entirely well-known actors and actresses.

There was some good writing, even if the story presentation itself was a bit uneven.

All in all, "Forty Little Mothers" is a sweet, well-done movie that I highly recommend.


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