Bachelor Mother

Bachelor Mother

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Director: Garson Kanin

Cast: Garson Kanin, Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Charles Coburn

     
 

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Ginger Rogers slipped off her dancing shoes to play one of her best comic roles as Polly Parish, a salesgirl at a large department store. Single and with no steady beau, Polly leads a quiet life until she discovers a baby left at her doorstep. While puzzled by this development, Polly feels for the child and decides to adopt the baby. However, most of her co-workers…  See more details below

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Ginger Rogers slipped off her dancing shoes to play one of her best comic roles as Polly Parish, a salesgirl at a large department store. Single and with no steady beau, Polly leads a quiet life until she discovers a baby left at her doorstep. While puzzled by this development, Polly feels for the child and decides to adopt the baby. However, most of her co-workers raise their eyebrows at Polly's new status as a single mother, believing that she's actually the mother. The owner of the store where Polly works, J.B. Merlin (Charles Coburn), is taken aback, and his son David (David Niven), who has a reputation as a ladies' man, is dispatched to lead Polly back to the straight-and-narrow. Bachelor Mother was remade in 1956 as Bundle of Joy, a vehicle for then-married Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although she would win an Oscar the next year for Kitty Foyle, Ginger Rogers gives one of her finest performances in Bachelor Mother, a lightweight but charming piece of fluff that's hard to resist. The basic premise -- woman finds baby on doorstep and can't get anyone to believe she is not its mother -- has rich comic possibilities, and while the screenplay doesn't dig deeply into them, it does deliver on the expected series of comic misunderstandings. It also has a number of set pieces -- including the New Year's Eve party in which Rogers is instructed to pretend she is Swedish and David Niven's attempt to return a Donald Duck toy -- that should provoke generous amounts of laughter in most viewers. Garson Kanin directs smoothly; there's nothing distinctive about his work here, but that's much less important than the fact that he keeps the tone of the film consistently light and airy, never letting this soufflé deflate. His cast aids him immeasurably. Rogers has rarely been funnier, more engaging or more attractive, and she carries the film with an assurance and an ease that few could pull off. David Niven is delightful, combining urbanity and befuddlement to good effect, and Charles Coburn is a joy. Technical credits are fine, although the continuity is rather slipshod. Too slight to be a classic, Bachelor Mother is the kind of "little" movie that produces a warm glow among its audience.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2010
UPC:
0883316291535
Original Release:
1939
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:21:00
Sales rank:
4,997

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ginger Rogers Polly Parrish
David Niven David Merlin
Charles Coburn J.B. Merlin
Frank Albertson Freddie Miller
E.E. Clive Butler
Ferike Boros Mrs. Weiss
Ernest Truex Investigator
Leonard Penn Jerome Weiss
Paul Stanton Hargraves
Frank M. Thomas Doctor
Edna Holland Matron
June Wilkins Louise King
Murray Alper Bouncer
Elbert Coplen Johnnie
Horace McMahon Actor
Gerald Oliver Smith Hennessy
Leona Roberts Old Lady
Irving Bacon Clerk
Reed Hadley Dance Partner
Chester Clute Man in Park
Florence Lake Woman in Park
Barbara Pepper Dance-Hall Hostess
Charles H. Bisharat Bouncer
Edythe Elliott Actor
Dorothy Adams Actor
Charles Halton Actor
Nestor Paiva Actor
Hugh Prosser Actor
Hal K. Dawson Actor
Dennie Moore Mary

Technical Credits
Garson Kanin Director
Henry Berman Editor
Pandro S. Berman Executive Producer
Mel Burns Makeup
Carroll Clark Art Director
Robert de Grasse Cinematographer
Buddy G. DeSylva Producer
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Felix Jackson Screenwriter
Edward Killy Asst. Director
Norman Krasna Screenwriter
Van Nest Polglase Production Designer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Vernon Walker Special Effects
Roy Webb Score Composer
Robert Wise Editor

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