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Father Is a Bachelor (1950)

William Holden plays a drifter who comes to a small town and discovers a cabin in the forest where five kids: January, February, March, April, and May are living without parents. Their ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
William Holden ... Johnny Rutledge
Coleen Gray ... Prudence Millett
Mary Jane Saunders ... May Chalotte
Charles Winninger ... Professor Mordecai Ford
Stuart Erwin ... Constable Pudge Barnham
Clinton Sundberg ... Plato Cassin
Gary Gray ... Jan Chalotte
Sig Ruman ... Jericho Schlosser
Billy Gray ... Feb Chalotte
Lloyd Corrigan ... Judge Millett
Frederic Tozere Frederic Tozere ... Jeffrey Gilland Sr.
Peggy Converse Peggy Converse ... Genevieve Cassin
Lillian Bronson ... Adelaide Cassin


William Holden plays a drifter who comes to a small town and discovers a cabin in the forest where five kids: January, February, March, April, and May are living without parents. Their parents died a whole ago, and they want to keep that a secret from the townspeople, especially the young school teacher (Coleen Gray) because they don't want to end up in a children's home and then eventually separated. William's character moves in with the kids and poses as their uncle to take care of them while romancing the school teacher. In order to keep the children, however, he has to get married. Written by Annie Driver

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22 February 1950 (USA) See more »

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Alma de Boêmio See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


William Holden & Sig Ruman (Mr. Schlosser) would star together again 3 years later in "Stalag 17" for which Holden won the Best Actor Oscar. See more »


Johnny Rutledge: The prettiest girl in the world couldn't get me - I'm woman-proof!
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Music and Lyrics by Will D. Cobb and John H. Flynn
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The type of film they don't make any more...and one of Holden's before he hit super-stardom.
18 January 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

If you watched this film and knew nothing about William Holden, you'd likely be shocked to learn that he become a mega-star only a few years after making "Father is a Bachelor". Now I am not saying this because the film is bad...but it is very slight and the sort of film that seems to have nothing to do with Holden's later, grittier films (such as "The Bridge on the River Kwai" and "Stalag 17") seem so incredibly different and earthier. Instead, this film is almost like a Disney family film of the 1960s.

The movie begins with Johnny (Holden) singing. However, it's obviously not him singing...and he's in black face!! He's apparently part of a traveling medicine show and they are shysters. But when they run out of town with the law behind them, the law doesn't recognize Johnny without his makeup and he gets away and takes up refuge with some orphan kids. Their parents recently were killed and they have been able to scrape by...but how much longer will it be until the law also looks at them? And, what will happen when Johnny finds he's actually falling for the kids and wants to do right by them?

This is just a nice and cute film....nothing more and nothing less. Light, easy viewing and a movie that's hard to hate.

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