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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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22 February 1950 (USA)  »

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Alma de Bo√™mio  »

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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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MacNamara's Band
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Lyrics by John J. Stamford
Music by Shamus O'Connor
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plotboiler
10 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Father is a Bachelor" is one of those facilely sentimental films that deserves a swift kick in the butt. It's reminiscent of "Pennies from Heaven" a pretty bad Bing Crosby film. But it has some merit, despite being "wholesome".

William Holden was Captain Cynic, a confirmed misanthrope; even his voice sounded world-weary and cynical, regardless of the role. This served him well in "Father Is a Bachelor", keeping the film from veering too far into sentimentality. (Had Bing Crosby starred (another reviewer notes the obvious possibility), it would have gone right over the cliff, bursting into flames before it crashed.)

The story is set in the American South, though whether antebellum or postbellum isn't clear. (I assume the latter.) Five orphaned (and not-icky) children adopt him, and he has to go through the transformation from "I don't care about anyone but me" to "I'm willing to sacrifice for someone else's happiness". The change is played mostly seriously, and is almost believable.

The story's strongest point is that Colleen Gray doesn't fall for Holden because he's good looking, but because she's convinced of his high character. (A similar transformation occurs with the town's plutocrat.) In other words, the story (sort-of) approximates a character-driven drama, rather than a plot-driven melodrama.

The man driving the rich guy's carriage is Hank Worden, probably best-remembered as Mose Harper in "The Searchers".


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