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Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958)

Approved | | Comedy | 23 July 1958 (USA)
An average television repairman must care for the newborn triplets of his former hometown sweetheart, now a famous movie star, so her career will not suffer.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Clayton Poole
... Carla Naples
... Harold Hermann
Salvatore Baccaloni ... Gigi 'Papa' Naples (as Baccaloni)
... Mr. Wright
... Mrs. Van Cleeve
... Doc Simpkins
... Miss Bessie Polk
Gary Lewis ... Young Clayton
... Mrs. Rogers
... Judge Jenkins
... Nurse
Judy Franklin ... Young Carla Naples
... Sandra Naples
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Danny Poole (scenes deleted)
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About the only thing kept in this film from Preston Sturges original story for "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" is a girl that gets drunk, gets married, gets pregnant and doesn't even remember any of it. A major difference is that "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" was a classic comedy and "Rock-a-Bye Baby" isn't. This time out, Clayton Poole is a small town TV repairman who is still in love with his former hometown sweetheart, Carla Naples, who is now a famous movie queen. When Carla becomes pregnant due to a hasty marriage in Mexico, which she has forgotten about, the studio tells her a baby will ruin her career so she turns to Clayton, the only person she can trust, and he agrees to care for the baby when it is born. Carla gives birth to triplets and Clayton finds he must get married before he can adopt them. He marries Sandy, Carla's younger sister who has always loved him. The press learns about Carla's triplets and she tells reporters she is secretly married to Clayton. Clayton, ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Was re-released on a double bill with Don't Give Up the Ship (1959) in 1963. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Wright: After all, as chairman of the City Council my main function is to obstruct the due process of the law.
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Remake of The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1943) See more »

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The Land of La-La-La
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by Jerry Lewis
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One of Lewis' better solo efforts
1 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

I used to love Jerry Lewis films as a kid, and although I prefer the Lewis/Martin combos to his solo efforts, this would have to be one of my favorites.

I never used to like this, I found the slapstick unfunny, but it has grown on me over the years. Although the first 15-30 minutes aren't great, once Lewis is looking after the triplets there is a lot of fun to be had here, and Lewis plays his character with great pathos, in fact some parts of his performance are enough to bring tears, the way he portrays Claytons unrequited love for Carla.

The film also includes some lovely songs, particularly the Italian lullaby he sings with Papa Naples.

Recommended!


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