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Forty Little Mothers (1940)

Approved | | Drama | 26 April 1940 (USA)
An out-of-work professor gets a break from an old college buddy to teach at an exclusive girl's school. But events conspire against him: he finds an abandoned child which he takes under his... See full summary »

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An out-of-work professor gets a break from an old college buddy to teach at an exclusive girl's school. But events conspire against him: he finds an abandoned child which he takes under his wing, despite the school's rules against teachers having a family; and the girls in the school resent his replacing a handsome and popular teacher, and do everything in their power to get him fired. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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This film's first telecast in Philadelphia took place Wednesday 18 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by San Francisco 26 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), New York City 9 May 1958 on WCBS (Channel 2), and Los Angeles 22 June 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »

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Gilbert Jordan Thompson: Now wait a minute girls, you know motherhood is not a government project - at least not in this country.
[a thinly-veiled reference to Nazi Germany in this 1940 film]
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Canford School Song
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Sung by all at the class reunion
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Eddie Cantor could act!
31 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

In most of his roles, Eddie Cantor mostly did his stage performance, clapping his hands and rolling his eyes, but in "Forty Little Mothers," he had a role completely out of character.

And he was great! I tuned in to Turner Classic Movies (July, 2010) expecting a bit of fluff, a chance to rest from my Internet labors, and was I happily surprised.

Besides Cantor, one of my favorite screen females, Bonita Granville, was there, as were many talented if not entirely well-known actors and actresses.

There was some good writing, even if the story presentation itself was a bit uneven.

All in all, "Forty Little Mothers" is a sweet, well-done movie that I highly recommend.


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