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Forty Little Mothers (1940)

Approved | | Drama | 26 April 1940 (USA)
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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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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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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"Auld Lang Syne: (1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish ballad
Words by Robert Burns
Sung by all at the class reunion
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Cantor is wasted in sentimental story
12 July 2009 | by See all my reviews

Slightly reminiscent of Metro's later Red Skelton musical, "Bathing Beauty" in that most of the action centers around a lone male in a girls' school, "Forty Little Mothers" is much less funny. Indeed most of the comic opportunities in the script seem to have been deliberately bypassed. This accent on the dramatic rather than the comic is unfortunate, as the drama becomes corny and sentimental. True, Cantor is allowed to make a few quips and sing a song, entitled "Little Curly Hair in a High Chair" by Harry Tobias (or his brother, Charles Tobias, depending on which reference book you consult) and Nat Simon. On the other hand, although the movie's direction is credited to Busby Berkeley, anyone expecting lavish Berkeley production numbers here is going to be mightily disappointed. There are none!


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