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Release Date:
7 November 1942 (USA) See more »
When she takes over the professor...she's in a class by herself! See more »
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"This is my kitchen! Stay out!" "I wouldn't brag about that. I've seen cleaner kitchens on Tobacco Road!" See more (1 total) »


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Richard Carlson ... Prof. Richard Inglethorpe Culbertson Kay, aka R.I.C. Kay, aka Rick

Martha O'Driscoll ... Joyce Whitman

Cecil Kellaway ... Alfred Fortescue

Frances Gifford ... Grace Saunders

Florence Bates ... Mrs. Saunders

Mabel Paige ... Nurse Eckles
Velma Berg ... Babs Saunders
Francis Pierlot ... Dr. Mitchell

Ray Walker ... Eddie Summers - Band Leader

Fern Emmett ... Josephine - the Maid
Milton Kibbee ... Chauffeur (as Milt Kibbee)
Betty Farrington ... Cook
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Georgia Backus ... Miss Peel (uncredited)
Judith Anne Ballard ... Baby (uncredited)

Karin Booth ... Co-ed (uncredited)

Eddie Bruce ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Peter Caldwell ... Boy at Wedding (uncredited)
Maurice Cass ... Dean Remington (uncredited)

Chick Chandler ... Jiggers Johnston (uncredited)

Cecil Cunningham ... Mrs. Whitman (uncredited)
Mary Currier ... Nurse Pringle (uncredited)

Lester Dorr ... Taxi Dispatcher (uncredited)

Ralph Dunn ... Policeman Outside Theater (uncredited)
Edward Gargan ... Mr. Johnson - Detective (uncredited)

Dorothy Granger ... Yvonne (uncredited)

Lawrence Grant ... Mr. Robertson (uncredited)
Alfred Hall ... Minister (uncredited)
Arthur Hoyt ... Smith, Faculty Member (uncredited)

Gladden James ... Garage Manager (uncredited)
Lora Lee ... Co-ed (uncredited)
Dickie Love ... Young Boy (uncredited)
Jimmie Lucas ... Musician (uncredited)

Frances Morris ... Dean's Secretary (uncredited)
James C. Morton ... Policeman at Intersection (uncredited)
Phyllis Ruth ... Co-ed (uncredited)

Paul Stanton ... Mr. Whitman (uncredited)

Mary Treen ... Dawn (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Joe Whitehead ... Stagedoor Keeper (uncredited)

Charles C. Wilson ... Mr. Jepson (uncredited)
Isabel Withers ... Mrs. Evans - Landlady (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Siodmak 
Cullen Tate (co-director) (uncredited)
Writing credits
F. Hugh Herbert (original screenplay)

Produced by
Sol C. Siegel .... producer
Original Music by
Leo Shuken (uncredited)
Victor Young (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Daniel L. Fapp 
Film Editing by
Alma Macrorie 
Art Direction by
Haldane Douglas 
Hans Dreier 
Makeup Department
Doris Harris .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Hal Lierley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
C. Kenneth Deland .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph Axness .... assistant director (uncredited)
Edward Salven .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Arthur Camp .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Gene Merritt .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Henderson .... still photographer (uncredited)
Other crew
Lee Frederic .... script clerk (uncredited)
James Vincent .... dialogue director (uncredited)

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

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75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since.See more »


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"This is my kitchen! Stay out!" "I wouldn't brag about that. I've seen cleaner kitchens on Tobacco Road!", 22 October 2016
Author: mark.waltz from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I use that quote as my summary to describe the atmosphere of this screwball comedy that mixes knife thrown acidic barbs with a dramatic and sentimental set-up. Martha O'Driscoll plays a young pregnant widow fighting to prevent her in-laws from taking the child away from her. Stranded in Cecil Kellaway's cab during a snowstorm and ends up delivering her baby in the home of scientist professor Richard Carlson who has allowed his fiancée, Frances Gifford, to move in with her imperious mother, Florence Bates, and bratty sister, Velma Berg. The presence of feisty, no-nonsense nurse Mabel Paige, who insults everybody except O'Driscoll, Kellaway and Carlson.

It's Paige who gets to utter the insult to the temperamental cook, and it is her who pretty much steals every scene, even from the lovable Kellaway and the deliriously funny Bates. Berg gets some good lines as well, getting over excited when the staff fights with the nurse who has no reluctance in grabbing her by the ears to prevent her from nosying in on the new mother. The household set-up is pretty surprising considering the production code, but the script makes it pretty clear that nothing is going on between Carlson and Gifford in spite of being engaged. It works better that that way so the intended romance between Carlson and O'Driscoll can take off without a nasty issue of divorce or infidelity from taking place.

As for the use of the title of a popular Cole Porter song, that is never heard, and the meaning of daddy is quite different. The fact that the audience is supposed to believe that Berg is Bates' daughter is unbelievable but amusing. Gifford plays passive/aggressive very well, but it's very clear what her motives are, while Bates could have you laughing hysterically as she takes great pleasure in slamming the stereotypical shrewish mother. There's a twist involving O'Driscoll I did not see coming, making this an obscure gem that ends up being a delightful surprise.

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