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Bachelor Mother (1939)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 4 August 1939 (USA)
An unemployed woman discovers an abandoned baby on the steps of an orphanage, and accepts an offer to take responsibility for the child in return for a job.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Polly Parrish
... David Merlin
... J. B. Merlin
... Freddie Miller
... Merlin's Butler
Elbert Coplen Jr. ... Johnnie - the Baby
Ferike Boros ... Mrs. Weiss - the Landlady
... Orphanage Investigator
... Jerome Weiss
... Hargraves
... Orphanage Doctor
... Orphanage Matron
... Mary
... Louise King
Donald Duck ... Donald Duck
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Polly Parrish, a clerk at Merlin's Department Store, is mistakenly presumed to be the mother of a foundling. Outraged at Polly's unmotherly conduct, David Merlin becomes determined to keep the single woman and "her" baby together. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Just ten baby fingers and ten baby toes--Troubles? Scandal?--Gosh--Nobody Knows See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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4 August 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Little Mother  »

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1.37 : 1
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Was remade as a musical starring Debbie Reynolds & Eddie Fisher by RKO Pictures. See more »

Goofs

Since the film was released in August 1939, the New Year's Eve celebration shown has to be 31 December 1938. In this scene a theatre is prominently seen, showing Irene Dunne and Charles Boyer in Love Affair, obviously a promotional moment for another well known RKO feature, but Love Affair was not released until April 1939 so could not have possibly been shown at any theatre on the preceding New Year's Eve. See more »

Quotes

J.B. Merlin: I don't care who the father is, I'm the grandfather!
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Crazy Credits

The cast of characters includes a wind-up toy: Donald Duck as himself. Ginger Rogers' character was in charge of a display table full of the Donald Duck toys. See more »

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Version of Little Mother (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock-a-Bye Baby
(1886) (uncredited)
Music by Effie I. Canning
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For the incurable romantic ...
2 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Ginger Rogers plays a young woman named Polly who "inherits" a baby. No one, including her boss, believes how she acquired the baby. Ginger Rogers (Polly) is adorable when paired with the ever humorous David Niven as her boss (David). There's wonderful chemistry between Ginger Rogers and David Niven in this movie. While the original movie was in black and white and written in 1939, it's still a cute, witty movie for today's viewing. Polly's a modern woman who doesn't back down to her boss or to any man in general. I especially enjoyed the New Year's Eve scene, where David realizes the shallow company he's been keeping before he met Polly.

"Bachelor Mother" is a wonderful family movie, with the incurable romantic in mind.


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