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When the Bough Breaks (1947)

Emotional strains of adoption. A young mother hands over her baby to foster parents, but struggles to let go emotionally. Her obsession affects the lives of those around her, including the child.

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Moie Charles (story), Peter Rogers (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Roc ... Lily Bates
Rosamund John ... Frances Norman
Bill Owen ... Bill Collins
Brenda Bruce ... Ruby Chapman
Patrick Holt ... Robert Norman
Cavan Malone Cavan Malone ... Jimmy
Leslie Dwyer Leslie Dwyer ... George
Sonia Holm ... Nurse
Torin Thatcher ... Adams
Catherine Lacey ... Almoner
Edith Sharpe Edith Sharpe ... Matron
Muriel George ... 1st Landlady
Ada Reeve ... 2nd Landlady
Joan Haythorne Joan Haythorne ... Miss Brent
Edie Martin ... Customer
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Emotional strains of adoption. A young mother hands over her baby to foster parents, but struggles to let go emotionally. Her obsession affects the lives of those around her, including the child.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1948 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Kampf um Jimmy See more »

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B.A.F. Sound System

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Two advertising posters for Patricia Roc films can be seen under the window of the outside of Bill's shop. The first at around 45 minutes in is for "The Brothers" (1947). The second is just over an hour into the film & is for "Jassy" (1947). See more »

Quotes

Robert Norman: Shall I get my solicitor to draw up the papers?
Lily Bates: What papers?
Robert Norman: Well, there'll have to be a legal document, you know.
Lily Bates: I won't sign anything.
Robert Norman: Well, really!
Lily Bates: I'm giving you my baby to bring up because I trust you. Not because of a lot of words on a bit of paper.
Frances Norman: Of course, Lily. There's no need for us to worry about agreements.
Robert Norman: All right, but as a businessman...
Frances Norman: As a businessman, darling, you'd make a very poor mother.
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References Jassy (1947) See more »

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Not just for women.
13 December 2001 | by Neil-117See all my reviews

When this movie was made, the position of a young single working mother would have been just about too scandalous to contemplate. The movie provides a very sympathetic portrayal of the difficulties which at that time made adoption a common outcome. We also see how difficult it can be to live with the adoption decision over time, and how many implications there can be even years later. Some of the events may seem a little unlikely today due to changing attitudes and laws, but the calm and unsensational approach of this movie makes it more than a mere tear-jerker.


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