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Nobody's Baby (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 23 April 1937 (USA)
After trying to break into show business, two mismatched girlfriends become nurses. One of their patients is a new mother who has hidden her pregnancy from her husband, the nightclub ... See full summary »


Gus Meins


Harold Law (original story and screen play), Hal Yates (original story and screen play) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Patsy Kelly ... Kitty Reilly
Lyda Roberti ... Lena Marchetti
Lynne Overman ... Det. Lt. Emory Littleworth
Robert Armstrong ... Scoops Hanford
Rosina Lawrence ... Yvonne Cortez
Don Alvarado ... Tony Cortez
Jimmy Grier and His Orchestra Jimmy Grier and His Orchestra ... Jimmy Grier and His Orchestra
Tom Dugan ... Bus Conductor
Orrin Burke ... Maurice - Nightclub Owner
Dora Clement ... Miss Margaret McKenzie
Laura Treadwell Laura Treadwell ... Mrs. Hamilton
Ottola Nesmith ... Head Nurse (as Tola Nesmith)
Florence Roberts ... Mrs. Mason - Landlady
Si Wills ... Nightclub MC
Herbert Rawlinson ... Radio Audition Executive


After trying to break into show business, two mismatched girlfriends become nurses. One of their patients is a new mother who has hidden her pregnancy from her husband, the nightclub dancing partner she had secretly married. When she asks the two nurses to watch her baby while she goes to tell her husband, complications ensue. Written by afsnowbird

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TWO HARD LUCK DAMSELS RUN AMUCK WITH MIRTH! ...THEY WERE IN EACH OTHER'S WAY EVEN IN ROMANCE! (Print ad- Fort Dodge Messenger and Chronicle, ((Ft. Dodge, Iowa)) 29 April 1937)


Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

23 April 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Change the Baby See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lynne Overman was borrowed from Paramount for this film. See more »


Lena Marchetti: Would you like to know how I came to be a foreigner?
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits change frames by a series of wipes, no two of which are the same. See more »


The West Ain't Wild and Woolly Anymore
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Feature Length Girl Friends
26 January 2011 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Hal Roach shut down short subject production and went into features. He tried each of his units: Our Gang got GENERAL SPANKY, Charley Chase got NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE, Laurel and Hardy were already in feature production, so what was left was Patsy Kelly and Lyda Roberti -- originally it had been Thelma Todd and Zasu Pitts but Thelma was dead and Zasu long gone.

Although the two shorts that the two leads had made in 1936 were poor, a lot of that can be laid at the feet of their tiny budgets. Here, with a decent budget and a good supporting cast, the result is fairly good as the ladies meet while trying to break into show business, head off to study nursing and so forth, all structured as a series of one-reel encounters. There is a very good scene early on as the two undergo disaster after disaster in a kitchen, with the characters and gags well delineated -- a problem for the series for a couple of years. Roberti's character clearly doesn't understand the subtleties of English and this infuriates Kelly. More than good enough.

Unfortunately, there would be no time for the team to develop. Roberti would be dead within a year, and Roach's operations would move off into other directions. Kelly's career would lead out of movies and back onto the stage.

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