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The First Time (1952)

Expectant parents Joe and Betsy Bennett anxiously await the arrival of their new baby. Then after the baby arrives, they discover the unpleasant side of parenting: sleepless nights, extra ... See full summary »


Frank Tashlin


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Credited cast:
Robert Cummings ... Joe Bennet
Barbara Hale ... Betsey Bennet
Bill Goodwin ... Mel Gilbert
Jeff Donnell ... Donna Gilbert
Carl Benton Reid ... Andrew Bennet
Mona Barrie ... Cassie Mayhew
Kathleen Comegys Kathleen Comegys ... Florence Bennet
Paul Harvey ... Leeming
Cora Witherspoon ... Nurse Salisbury
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Diana Dawson Diana Dawson ... Bit Role
Stuffy Singer Stuffy Singer ... As the baby - he narrated the movie (voice)


Expectant parents Joe and Betsy Bennett anxiously await the arrival of their new baby. Then after the baby arrives, they discover the unpleasant side of parenting: sleepless nights, extra bills and no more free time. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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She's going to have a baby ... and the heir is too apparent! See more »




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Release Date:

31 January 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Small Wonder See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Larry Parks was originally slated for the male lead until he was blacklisted following his testimony before the House Unamerican Activities Committee, during which he admitted to having once been a member of the Communist Party but declined to name names. See more »

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Incomplete review, switched it off halfway.
10 April 2014 | by kristin E.See all my reviews

Uninventive vehicle with Robert Cummings who plays the tired father who has tons of baby bills to pay. The couple's life revolves around all of the troubles that involve a new baby, such as lack of sleep, feeding times, etc etc. But- although the film revolves around a baby, an hour into the film: WHERE IS THE BABY?

The viewers aren't even treated to see the new baby after its born! Where was it?? Isn't the most important aspect of this movie the baby?? Even as the mother recovers in the hospital after just giving birth, there was no mother and baby introduction (????!). When mother and father finally leave the hospital, the mother leaves with a bundled up wad of blankets- we are supposed to imagine there is a baby in there. After parents arrive back at home, we can hear "baby cries"- movie sound effects- but no baby is ever shown. The actors playing the grandmothers, the new nanny, all apparently are peering into an empty bassinet. Un-freakin-believable.

An hour into waiting for the baby to be shown, I never did see ANY baby. Only baby crying sound effects, wadded up blankets, not even a baby foot. No baby. Got so angry I turned the stupid movie off. No laughs, no great dialogue, just a bunch of used up jokes about how much a baby costs.

Wasted a good hour waiting for a non-existent "baby".


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