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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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This film's first telecast in Philadelphia took place Wednesday 18 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by San Francisco 26 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), New York City 9 May 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), and Los Angeles 22 June 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »

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

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Little Curly Hair in a High Chair
(1940) (uncredited)
Music by Nat Simon
Lyrics by Charles Tobias
Sung by Eddie Cantor
Played often throughout the film
Reprised by Eddie Cantor, Judith Anderson, Rita Johnson, Nydia Westman and 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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