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The Babymaker: The Dr. Cecil Jacobson Story (1994)

Married couples, unable to conceive, are thrilled to find they are going to become parents, thanks to a larger-than-life "miracle doctor" and his unusual treatments. However, joy soon turns... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Melissa Gilbert ... Mary Bennett
Shanna Reed Shanna Reed ... Sue Castellano
Tom Verica ... Greg Bennett
Shannon Lawson ... Nita
Geoffrey Bowes Geoffrey Bowes ... Dr. Mason
James B. Douglas James B. Douglas
Jesse Collins Jesse Collins ... Peter Fowler
Michael Charles Roman ... Jesse
R.H. Thomson ... Bill Castellano
George Dzundza ... Dr. Cecil Jacobson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Damir Andrei Damir Andrei ... Investigative Reporter (as Damir Andre)
Yank Azman ... Medical Board Member (as Jank Azman)
Liza Balkan Liza Balkan ... Mrs. Black
David Blacker David Blacker ... Jake
Marilyn Boyle Marilyn Boyle ... Receptionist
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Married couples, unable to conceive, are thrilled to find they are going to become parents, thanks to a larger-than-life "miracle doctor" and his unusual treatments. However, joy soon turns to outrage with the discovery the physician has taken bizarre and inconceivably unethical means to deceive his patients. In some case, the doctor deliberately misled couples into falsely believing they might have a chance to become pregnant when they could not. In others, the twisted physician actually served as a "secret donor," fathering countless children himself. Outraged by these shocking discoveries, one couple leads a seemingly impossible fight to keep hopeful families from being victimized again. Written by Anonymous

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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seeds of Deception See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Melissa Gilbert wrote in her 2009 memoir Prairie Tale that she really didn't want to do this TV movie. The producers wanted her, and kept upping the salary, but still she kept declining. Soon after her agents phoned to say would she change her mind for a half million dollars. She groaned and called out to her husband at the time, Bruce Boxleitner, "It's up to half a million dollars. What do I do?" He called back, "You get on that plane and you make it work!" See more »

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seeds of Cecil
16 November 2002 | by petershelleyauSee all my reviews

Melissa Gilbert is Mary Bennett, a housewife in Oak Ridge Virginia who becomes pregnant from the artificial insemination program of Dr Cecil Jacobson (George Dzundza). However Mary testifies in a fraud suit against Jacobson, accused on 46 counts of using his own sperm to impregnate patients.

Gilbert's Mary rides a motorbike and her hair is short in the second half of the movie when the narrative jumps 5 years. She has a camp appearance in blonde wig as `Mrs Jones' in disguised testimony, has a touching moment crying in the arms of her friend Sue Castellano (Shanna Reed), and supplies a sly smile when Jacobson yells at her `I am not the father of that woman's child!'

The teleplay by Phil Penningroth and Sharon Elizabeth Doyle, based on a true story, begins with Sue's story of Jacobson using the hormone HCG to create a false pregnancy, another fraud count. When Mary consults Jacobson, this sets up the expectation that she too will be duped, so when she gives birth it's a surprise. It is that her son Jesse (Michael Charles Roman) suffers from a lazy eye condition that other children of Jacobson's patients also suffer from that makes Mary question the identity of his donors. Although it is used to allow Mary a chance to talk about her experience, a talk back radio program's initial parody of Jacobson's behaviour scores a laugh.

Director Arlene Stanford uses a bad music score by James McVay, black and white replays of previous scenes as flashbacks, and allows Reed to make as strong an impression as Gilbert.


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