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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

Around 1956, singer Eddie Fisher and his agent Lew Wasserman were discussing roles for Fisher's acting debut. A project being discussed at the time was "What Makes Sammy Run?" by Budd Schulberg and Stuart Schulberg. Fisher wanted to play aggressive producer Sammy Glick, "the ultimate Jewish hustler. I knew a lot of real Sammy Glicks and I felt confident that was a character I could play." Lew Wasserman decided that the character was too much of a classic negative Jewish stereotype and that it would be bad for Fisher to play it. So Fisher went in the complete opposite direction (in retrospect, perhaps too far) with then-wife Debbie Reynolds in this squeaky clean comedy that Fisher hated, made to capitalize on the birth of their daughter, future Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) "Princess Leia" Carrie Fisher. The Schulberg project was eventually produced in 2 parts as "Sunday Showcase: What Makes Sammy Run?: Part 1 (1959)" and "Sunday Showcase: What Makes Sammy Run?: Part 2 (1959)" with Larry Blyden in the role. 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 »

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

Soundtracks

Bundle of Joy
(uncredited)
Music by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Eddie Fisher
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I was the baby - wow, what a star!
5 September 2003 | by psboySee all my reviews

I might be considered biased in my view because my twin brother Don and I played the baby in Bundle of Joy. We were only a year old, and lived in the San Fernando Valley area of L.A. when we were picked out of approximately 200 sets of twin boys to be the baby in the movie. Over the years, I have heard my mom and other relatives tell many stories of the filming of this movie, and being VIP guests at the premier movie opening in Hollywood. I have, of course, seen the movie countless times over the years, and still like to watch it and laugh at the cute smiling babies we once were. My mom had to be on the set with us whenever we were filming, by state law. She has told us that Debbie Reynolds was a truely remarkable actress and treated us extremely well. Adolphe Menjou treated us like his own grand kids. Unfortunately, she also said that not everyone in the movie industry was so nice, and our parents decided not to sign a contract with RKO Pictures which would have allowed us to be in more films. Oh well, our short movie career aside, we both have grown up and are very happy in our own careers. I would recommend this movie to anyone who likes light-hearted films with happy endings!


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