Edgar mistakenly believes he is about to become a father, and it changes his whole personality.


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Complete credited cast:
Edgar Kennedy
Vivien Oakland ...
Vivien Kennedy (as Vivian Oakland)
Billy Franey ...
Vivien's Father
Don Brodie ...
Lillian Miles ...


The usually dyspeptic and parsimonious Edgar undergoes a personality change when a perfect storm of circumstances and coincidences combine to convince him that wife Vivian is pregnant and about to give birth. In actuality two members of Vivian's family, Joe and Emma, are coming as house guests, and it is their baby that Edgar unknowingly is preparing a new nursery for. Edgar ultimately discovers the truth but not before he humorously interacts with other expectant fathers and decorators. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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nursery | baby | child | infant | crib | See All (31) »


Comedy | Short





Release Date:

19 May 1939 (USA)  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Edgar Kennedy: [to Vivian about his father-in-law when she proposes her sister be invited] He came here as a visitor ten years age and is still with us!
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Rock-a-bye Baby
[Variant of English satirical ballad/nursery rhyme first published in 1765. Whistled by Edgar to neighborhood kids and later sings it to baby]
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Bittersweet Short Subject
17 February 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Edgar Kennedy and his wife Vivien Oakland could be the ancestors for Ralph and Alice Kramden. Kennedy made a nice series of two reel comedies with that patented slow burn technique of his. All he would have needed is a bus driver's uniform and you would swear you were watching a Honeymooner's episode.

But this one is kind of bittersweet as poor Edgar gets the wrong idea that his wife is in a family way, though without her showing anything I'm not quite sure how. In fact it's her sister and brother-in-law coming to visit with their new baby.

But once Edgar gets the idea he's an impending father, he gets a complete change in personality. As he begins selling off furniture to acquire nursery furniture, it's not funny so much as sweet. The laughs come as he's in the waiting room with expectant fathers at the hospital. They've never had a father to be quite like Edgar Kennedy.

Baby Daze is a nice introduction to the Edgar Kennedy slow burn school of comedy, though short on laughs, long on character.

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