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Father Is a Bachelor (1950)

Approved | | Comedy, Family | 22 February 1950 (USA)
William Holden plays a drifter who comes to a small town and discovers a cabin in the forest where five kids: January, February, March, April, and May are living without parents. Their ... See full summary »

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Johnny Rutledge
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Prudence Millett
Mary Jane Saunders ...
May Chalotte
Charles Winninger ...
Professor Mordecai Ford
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Clinton Sundberg ...
Plato Cassin
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Jan Chalotte
Sig Ruman ...
Jericho Schlosser
Billy Gray ...
Feb Chalotte
Lloyd Corrigan ...
Judge Millett
Frederic Tozere ...
Jeffrey Gilland Sr.
Peggy Converse ...
Genevieve Cassin
Arthur Space ...
Lucius Staley
Warren Farlow ...
March Chalotte
Wayne A. Farlow ...
April Chalotte (as Wayne Farlow)
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William Holden plays a drifter who comes to a small town and discovers a cabin in the forest where five kids: January, February, March, April, and May are living without parents. Their parents died a whole ago, and they want to keep that a secret from the townspeople, especially the young school teacher (Coleen Gray) because they don't want to end up in a children's home and then eventually separated. William's character moves in with the kids and poses as their uncle to take care of them while romancing the school teacher. In order to keep the children, however, he has to get married. Written by Annie Driver

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Comedy | Family

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22 February 1950 (USA)  »

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Alma de Boêmio  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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William Holden & Sig Ruman (Mr. Schlosser) would star together again 3 years later in "Stalag 17" for which Holden won the Best Actor Oscar. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Rutledge: The prettiest girl in the world couldn't get me - I'm woman-proof!
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Music by Annie Fortescue Harrison
Lyrics by Meta Orred
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Entertaining Story About An Easy-Going Guy
9 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a fan of William Holden, I can't say this is one of his better films, but it is entertaining enough if you can get past the horrible dubbing of his singing voice. "Born Yesterday" and "Sunset Boulevard" would be released in the same year (1950).

Holden plays Johnny Rutledge, a self-described loafer who says, "The prettiest girl in the world couldn't get me--I'm woman-proof!" But he manages to get hitched to five orphaned siblings and finds himself settling into respectability and facing responsibility.

He does his best to provide for the kids. He even tries to sew a dress for the little girl May (Mary Jane Saunders) with comic results. Eventually, he realizes that a mother figure might be useful in bringing up children.

I think Mary Jane Saunders is one of the highlights of this film. She reminds me of Shirley Temple--cute and bright.

This is very light fare. There's even a scene where a life-altering decision is decided on the flip of a coin.


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