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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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Polly Parrish
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David Merlin
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J. B. Merlin
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Freddie Miller
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Merlin's Butler
Elbert Coplen Jr. ...
Johnnie - the Baby
Ferike Boros ...
Mrs. Weiss - the Landlady
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Orphanage Investigator
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Jerome Weiss
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Hargraves
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Orphanage Doctor
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Orphanage Matron
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Mary
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Louise King
Donald Duck ...
Donald Duck
Clarence Nash ...
Donald Duck (voice) (as Donald Duck)
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Secretary (uncredited)
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Dance Floor Gatekeeper at 'The Pink Slipper' (uncredited)
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Clerk at Exchange Window (uncredited)
Joseph E. Bernard ...
Store Watchman (uncredited)
James Carlisle ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Frederick Chapin ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ...
Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Dan Clark ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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Oliver - Man in Park (uncredited)
Frank Corcasi ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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Store Watchman (uncredited)
Dick Crockett ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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Waiter (uncredited)
Edythe Elliott ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
R. Feldman ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
George Ford ...
Dance Partner (uncredited)
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Polly's First Dance Partner (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ...
Dance Hall Official (uncredited)
Ethel Haworth ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Roger Hunt ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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New Year's Eve Celebrant (uncredited)
Dean Kaye ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
John Laing ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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Oliver's Wife (uncredited)
Perc Launders ...
Policeman in Park (uncredited)
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Dance Floor Official (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
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Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Dorothy Panter ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
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Dance-Hall Hostess (uncredited)
Raymond Rayhill Powell ...
Young Boy (uncredited)
Hugh Prosser ...
Merlin's Chauffeur (uncredited)
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Old Lady Outside Orphanage (uncredited)
Edwin Rochelle ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Gerald Oliver Smith ...
Hennessy (uncredited)
Jean Stevens ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ...
Bouncer at 'The Pink Slipper' (uncredited)
Elliott Sullivan ...
Bouncer at 'The Pink Slipper' (uncredited)
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Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Sid Troy ...
The Pink Slipper Patron (uncredited)
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Bouncer at 'The Pink Slipper' (uncredited)
Jane Woodworth ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Directed by

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Garson Kanin

Written by

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Norman Krasna ... (screen play)
 
Felix Jackson ... (story)
 
Garson Kanin ... () (uncredited)

Produced by

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Buddy G. DeSylva ... producer (as B.G. DeSylva)

Music by

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Roy Webb ... (musical score)

Cinematography by

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Robert De Grasse ... (photographed by) (as Robert de Grasse)

Film Editing by

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Henry Berman ... (edited by)
Robert Wise ... (edited by)

Art Direction by

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Van Nest Polglase

Set Decoration by

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Darrell Silvera ... (set decorations)

Makeup Department

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Mel Berns ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Pandro S. Berman ... in charge of production

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Edward Killy ... assistant director

Art Department

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Carroll Clark ... associate art director

Sound Department

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Richard Van Hessen ... recordist

Special Effects by

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Vernon L. Walker ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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John Miehle ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Irene ... gowns: Miss Rogers

Music Department

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George Parrish ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Nan Blake ... unit publicity writer (uncredited)
Frederick Chapin ... stand-in (uncredited)
Dick Crockett ... stand-in (uncredited)
R. Feldman ... stand-in (uncredited)
Stuart Hall ... stand-in (uncredited)
Hermes Pan ... choreographer (uncredited)
Dorothy Panter ... stand-in (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Just ten baby fingers and ten baby toes--Troubles? Scandal?--Gosh--Nobody Knows See more »
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Also Known As
  • Nobody's Wife (United States)
  • Little Mother (United States)
  • She Said I Do (United States)
  • Mademoiselle et son bébé (France)
  • Mare per força (Spain, Catalan title)
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  • 82 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia "Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 22, 1940 with Ginger Rogers reprising her film role. See more »
Goofs When David Niven and Ginger Rogers leave the New Years Eve party, the amount of confetti on David Niven's jacket changes dramatically from when he talks to the lady by the door and when he exits the building. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in A Woman's Lot (1987). See more »
Soundtracks Rock-a-Bye Baby See more »
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 »
Quotes J.B. Merlin: I don't care who the father is, I'm the grandfather!
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