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Bundle of Joy (1956)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 12 December 1956 (USA)
After finding a baby outside an orphanage, a salesgirl receives sympathy from those around her, including her boss' son, as they all assume the baby is hers.

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Norman Krasna (screen play), Robert Carson (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eddie Fisher ... Dan Merlin
Debbie Reynolds ... Polly Parish
Adolphe Menjou ... J.B. Merlin
Tommy Noonan ... Freddie Miller
Nita Talbot ... Mary
Una Merkel ... Mrs. Dugan
Melville Cooper ... Adams - the Butler
Bill Goodwin ... Mr. Creely
Howard McNear ... Mr. Appleby
Robert H. Harris ... Mr. Hargraves
Mary Treen ... Matron
Edward Brophy ... Dance Contest Judge (as Edward S. Brophy)
Gil Stratton ... Mike Clancy
Scott Douglas Scott Douglas ... Bill Rand
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Storyline

Kitschy musical remake of "Bachelor Mother". Debbie Reynolds plays an over-eager clerk in a large department store and Eddie Fisher plays the boss' son. After getting fired from her job, she finds an adorable baby on the steps of the foundling home and the folks inside mistake her for the mother. Fisher, well-meaning, but obtuse, tries to help her out with the baby, and the buds of romance begin to appear. Meanwhile old Merlin, the owner of the store, thinks he just might be a grandfather... Written by Teresa B. O'Donnell <sun.moon.stars@worldnet.att.net>

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Their first movie together! Eddie sings 6 wonderful new songs!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bundle of Joy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The distinctive looking sports car Eddie Fisher's character drives in this film is an Italian made Dual Ghia, the same make and model Peter Lawford would later drive in MGM's TV remake of The Thin Man. In fact, given the limited number of Dual Ghias made, it may even be the exact same vehicle. See more »

Goofs

During the number 'Lullaby In Blue', 'Eddie Fisher' and Debbie Reynolds seem unable to synchronize their mouths to the pace and vocalization of the playback. In the two-shots, they appear to mumble whilst singing out loudly on the recording. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Bundle of Joy (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Some Day Soon
(uncredited)
Music by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Eddie Fisher
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BACHELOR MOTHER is the better version...
12 April 2011 | by abcj-2See all my reviews

BUNDLE OF JOY

I was excited to watch this remake of BACHELOR MOTHER. I loved the story and hoped it would be just as appealing with Debbie Reynolds as the star. Debbie did a great job with what she had, especially in the scenes with the adorable baby, but her real life husband Eddie Fisher lacked the charisma and maturity to capture my attention. I found myself comparing him to David Niven from the original movie and easily one of the most charismatic actors ever in my opinion. Fisher not only paled in comparison, but also came across as a boy and certainly not a man even in his musical numbers. He does have a spectacular singing voice. I'll give him that. I absolutely adore Adolphe Menjou particularly from YOU WERE NEVER LOVELIER, POLLYANNA, & LITTLE MISS MARKER. I thought he did a fine job in the supporting cast.

Even if I had seen this version first, then I think I would have felt the same about it as it just came off as rather mediocre entertainment. If you love these actors, then you may disagree, but I found the original screenplay and film to be the real bundle of joy for me.


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