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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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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:

Cuarenta madrecitas  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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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Version of 40 Girls and a Baby (1936) See more »

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Canford School Song
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Composer unknown
Sung by all at the class reunion
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40 Girls and a Baby
13 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of the most tenderhearted that I have seen in a long time. I was surprised by how touching some of the scenes were. If you can convince your kids to watch a b&w movie, it is an excellent family movie. There were even a few places in the movie that made me almost cry. Briefly, it is the story of an out-of-work teacher who finds an abandoned baby after saving a young woman from suicide. How he deals with his growing attachment to the baby, and his new job, makes for a wonderfully warm movie. Eddie Cantor was an excellent choice for the lead part, although he only sings one song in the movie. Also, the baby in this movie really steals the show.


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