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Bundle of Joy -- Reynolds is warmly appealing in the role originated by Ginger Rogers, playing a salesgirl who picks up a foundling, is mistaken for
its unwed mother and must keep up the charade.

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Director:
Writers:
Norman Krasna (screen play) &
Robert Carson (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
12 December 1956 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Kitschy musical remake of "Bachelor Mother". Debbie Reynolds plays an over-eager clerk in a large department... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
User Reviews:
Too Cute for Comfort See more (21 total) »

Cast

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Eddie Fisher ... Dan Merlin

Debbie Reynolds ... Polly Parish

Adolphe Menjou ... J.B. Merlin

Tommy Noonan ... Freddie Miller

Nita Talbot ... Mary
Una Merkel ... Mrs. Dugan
Melville Cooper ... Adams, the Butler
Bill Goodwin ... Mr. Creely

Howard McNear ... Mr. Appleby
Robert H. Harris ... Mr. Hargraves
Mary Treen ... Matron
Edward Brophy ... Dance Contest Judge (as Edward S. Brophy)

Gil Stratton ... Mike Clancy
Scott Douglas ... Bill Rand
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roxanne Arlen ... Blonde (uncredited)
Katherine Barrett ... Secretary (uncredited)
Bonnie Bolding ... Louise (uncredited)

Lesley-Marie Colburn ... Little Girl (uncredited)
Douglas Evans ... Doctor (uncredited)
Elizabeth Flournoy ... Dan's Secretary (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Shopping Extra (uncredited)
James Gonzalez ... Dancer (uncredited)
David Gray ... The Baby (uncredited)
Donald Gray ... The Baby (uncredited)
Ed Hinton ... Cop (uncredited)
Pamela Jayson ... J.B.'s Secretary (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Maitre d' (uncredited)
Joe Lanza ... Dancer (uncredited)
Lyle Latell ... Head Bouncer (uncredited)
Rex Lease ... Cashier (uncredited)
Babe London ... Fat Woman (uncredited)
Paul Maxey ... Santa Claus (uncredited)
Gil Perkins ... Bouncer (uncredited)
Allan Ray ... Judge (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Attendant (uncredited)
Mabel Rea ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Leon Tyler ... Stock Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Norman Taurog 
 
Writing credits
Norman Krasna (screen play) &
Robert Carson (screen play) and
Arthur Sheekman (screen play)

Felix Jackson (story)

Produced by
Edmund Grainger .... producer
 
Cinematography by
William E. Snyder (director of photography) (as William Snyder)
 
Film Editing by
Harry Marker 
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Walter Holscher 
 
Set Decoration by
Eli Benneche 
 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Harry Maret .... makeup supervisor (as Harry Maret Jr.)
Mel Berns .... key makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Cliff P. Broughton .... unit production manager (as Cliff Broughton)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Emmett Emerson .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Terry Kellum .... sound
Jean L. Speak .... sound (as Jean Speak)
 
Music Department
Walter Scharf .... conductor: background score
Walter Scharf .... music adaptor: background score
Hugo Winterhalter .... conductor: songs for Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
Hugo Winterhalter .... music arranger: songs for Eddie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds
 
Other crew
Nick Castle .... choreographer
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
98 min
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Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Certification:
Finland:S | USA:Approved (PCA #18147)

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Around 1956, singer Eddie Fisher and his agent Lew Wasserman were discussing roles for Fisher's acting debut. A project being discussed at the time was "What Makes Sammy Run?" by Budd Schulberg and Stuart Schulberg. Fisher wanted to play aggressive producer Sammy Glick, "the ultimate Jewish hustler. I knew a lot of real Sammy Glicks and I felt confident that was a character I could play." Lew Wasserman decided that the character was too much of a classic negative Jewish stereotype and that it would be bad for Fisher to play it. So Fisher went in the complete opposite direction (in retrospect, perhaps too far) with then-wife Debbie Reynolds in this squeaky clean comedy that Fisher hated, made to capitalize on the birth of their daughter, future Star Wars (1977) "Princess Leia" Carrie Fisher. The Schulberg project was eventually produced in 2 parts as "Sunday Showcase (1959)" {What Makes Sammy Run?: Part 1 (#1.2)} and "Sunday Showcase (1959)" {What Makes Sammy Run?: Part 2 (#1.3)} with Larry Blyden in the role.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Wishful Drinking (2010) (TV)See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Too Cute for Comfort, 14 May 2011
Author: wes-connors from Earth

During the merry Christmas season, perky department store salesgirl Debbie Reynolds (as Polly Parish) is fired because so many of her customers return their ware. She passes an orphanage and picks up a cute baby. Everyone assumes Ms. Reynolds is the baby's mother. This helps Reynolds get her job back, from singing store owner's son Eddie Fisher (as Dan Merlin), who also gives Reynolds a raise. Soon, the handsome crooner is harmonizing with the cute clerk. This musical re-make of "Bachelor Mother" (1939) is fairly well-suited to the real-life married couple, who simultaneously produced their own "Bundle of Joy" (Carrie Fisher)...

A major recording star upon the film's release, Mr. Fisher was so popular he survived the initial onslaught of "rock and roll" - but was about to fall. Fisher last hit the "Top Ten" in 1956. It didn't help that "Bundle of Joy" was lacking in hit single material, with Fisher's "Some Day Soon" barely cracking the record charts in early 1957. Reynolds was a much better actress, and reached her greatest popularity after she and Fisher divorced. Unfortunately, this is it for the popular twosome's musical comedy film career. They look good and sing sweetly together - their "Lullaby in Blue" sung to their "Pretty Baby" was brimming with potential.

******** Bundle of Joy (12/12/56) Norman Taurog ~ Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Tommy Noonan, Adolphe Menjou

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