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Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958)

 -  Comedy  -  23 July 1958 (USA)
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A Movie star has triplets, but does not want her beloved public to find out. Has she made a mistake in hiring Jerry Lewis as the babysitter ?

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Complete credited cast:
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Marilyn Maxwell ...
Reginald Gardiner ...
Harold Hermann
Salvatore Baccaloni ...
Gigi 'Papa' Naples (as Baccaloni)
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Mr. Wright
Isobel Elsom ...
Mrs. Van Cleeve
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Doc Simpkins
Ida Moore ...
Miss Bessie Polk
Gary Lewis ...
Hope Emerson ...
Mrs. Rogers
Alex Gerry ...
Judge Jenkins
Mary Treen ...
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Danny Poole (scenes deleted)
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About the only thing kept in this film from Preston Sturges original story for "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" is a girl that gets drunk, gets married, gets pregnant and doesn't even remember any of it. A major difference is that "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" was a classic comedy and "Rock-a-Bye Baby" isn't. This time out, Clayton Poole is a small town TV repairman who is still in love with his former hometown sweetheart, Carla Naples, who is now a famous movie queen. When Carla becomes pregnant due to a hasty marriage in Mexico, which she has forgotten about, the studio tells her a baby will ruin her career so she turns to Clayton, the only person she can trust, and he agrees to care for the baby when it is born. Carla gives birth to triplets and Clayton finds he must get married before he can adopt them. He marries Sandy, Carla's younger sister who has always loved him. The press learns about Carla's triplets and she tells reporters she is secretly married to Clayton. Clayton, ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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He's The "Mother" of The Year!

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23 July 1958 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Was re-released on a double bill with Don't Give Up the Ship (1959) in 1963. See more »

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Remake of The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944) See more »

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Why Can't He Care for Me?
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by Connie Stevens
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One of Jerry's more enjoyable romps.
9 May 2003 | by (Portland, Oregon) – See all my reviews

I have to admit I've never been a rabid Jerry Lewis fan (even with a French last name, I can't join some of my relatives on the Continent in idolizing him), but, in looking back, I've seen more of his movies than I might have preferred. This one, though, was a lot of fun, possibly because it was a delightfully vulgar remake of a Preston Sturges classic.

The VistaVision/Technicolor production values are first-class; the supporting cast is able to withstand Jerry's frantic goofiness (especially Marilyn Maxwell, who gets to perform the wacked-out production number, "White Virgin of the Nile," and Ida Moore as Jerry's elderly landlady, avidly and simultaneously consuming every product being advertised on the TV she is constantly watching); and Frank Tashlin's direction pilots Jerry through the plot's crazy machinations with just the right touch of cartoon-like unreality.

If you're a Lewis fan, it's a must-see; if you aren't you may still find it an enjoyable way to spend a mindless 103 minutes.


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