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Jack E. Leonard,
As a ploy to gain publicity, a motion picture director wants his star actress to take a baby with her on a train trip. The director's secretary asks the train's engineer, an old boyfriend, for help. As the engineer ponders what to do, a stranger in the train station tells him that he has a baby that could be used. On board the train, the actress meets a young doctor whom she knew in school, and whom she is still in love with. The presence of the baby causes a series of misunderstandings between them, but the real problems begin when the engineer begins to suspect that the baby may have been kidnapped. Written by
This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Sunday 27 June 1948 on KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York City Tuesday 2 February 1949 on WPIX (Channel 11), as part of their series of three dozen Hal Roach feature film productions, originally theatrically released between 1931 and 1943, and now being syndicated for television broadcast by Regal Television Pictures. See more »
Over the course of his career Victor McLaglen played a lot of very thick characters including one for which he got an Oscar. But in Broadway Limited he's asked by his old girl friend Patsy Kelly to come up with a baby that star Marjorie Woodworth needs for a publicity stunt. She's traveling with her producer Leonid Kinskey and Kelly her publicity agent on the famous Broadway Limited which McLaglen is the engineer.
Poor McLaglen he takes a baby all right and it could just be a famous kidnapped baby. The whole crowd could be in trouble and that also includes Dennis O'Keefe playing a former boyfriend of Woodworth who's heating things up again. Also traveling is sob sister columnist Zasu Pitts who is eager for a story and to be a mother.
Hal Roach produced this comic caper for United Artists release and as you see cast it with some identifiable character players who perform as they are typed. I wish Kelly and Pitts had done more films together as they were quite funny jealously guarding the baby. And Kelly also was funny with McLaglen as well.
Kinskey was in a part that might have been originally meant for Adolph Menjou. Menjou played these wild eyed artistic eccentrics including at least once for Hal Roach. Kinskey is a more than adequate substitution.
Infant kidnapping was a serious subject in the Thirties for film after the Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping. I'm surprised that Roach used the subject for laughs. Still he put it over well.
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