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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 »

Director:

Busby Berkeley

Writers:

Dorothy Yost (screen play), Ernest Pagano (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eddie Cantor ... Gilbert Jordan Thompson
Judith Anderson ... Madame Madeleine Granville
Ralph Morgan ... Judge Joseph M. Williams
Rita Johnson ... Marian Edwards
Bonita Granville ... Doris
Diana Lewis ... Marcia
Nydia Westman ... Madamoiselle Cynthia Cliche
Margaret Early ... Eleanor
Martha O'Driscoll ... Janette
Charlotte Munier Charlotte Munier ... Lois
Louise Seidel Louise Seidel ... Betty
Baby Quintanilla Baby Quintanilla ... 'Chum'
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Storyline

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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The STORK MAY BE ALL RIGHT in his place...but his place isn't the Apartment of a Wifeless Professor at a Girl's Finishing School! See more »

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Watch out for an uncredited eighteen year-old Veronica Lake as one of the Granville students. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

Remade as Forty Little Mothers (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock-a-Bye Baby
(1886) (uncredited)
Written by Effie I. Canning
Sung by schoolgirls
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Worth a watch.
21 June 2019 | by rfox-47515See all my reviews

Eddie Cantor's facial expressions make the movie. It starts slow and then draws you in. The cast is well done from the obnoxious teenage girls to the stereotype school matrons.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cuarenta madrecitas See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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