Father Is a Bachelor

Overview

Father is a Bachelor is a pleasant throwback to the "rural" comedies of the 1930s. William Holden plays Johnny Rutledge, a philosophical hobo to whom fishing is the only reason for living. Rutledge is forced to take a few jolts of responsibility when he crosses the path of five orphans. The kids decide to "adopt" Johnny and find him a bride--preferably small-town girl Prudence Millett Colleen Gray. Charles Winninger steals the film from everyone--even those five urchins--as a medicine-show charlatan named ...
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Overview

Father is a Bachelor is a pleasant throwback to the "rural" comedies of the 1930s. William Holden plays Johnny Rutledge, a philosophical hobo to whom fishing is the only reason for living. Rutledge is forced to take a few jolts of responsibility when he crosses the path of five orphans. The kids decide to "adopt" Johnny and find him a bride--preferably small-town girl Prudence Millett Colleen Gray. Charles Winninger steals the film from everyone--even those five urchins--as a medicine-show charlatan named Professor Mordecai Ford. One of the children is played by Billy Gray, of Father Knows Best fame.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
There's a reason that the handsome and undeniably talented William Holden wasn't a musical comedy star, and Father is a Bachelor shows us why. It's not because of Holden's voice, although presumably his singing was not adequate, as he is dubbed by Buddy Clark here; after all, plenty of screen stars have done well in musicals but have had their warbling dubbed by others. No, Holden's problem is that he's not comfortable with the conventions of a musical. He doesn't have the kind of soul that just naturally picks up and sings, and it's that freedom, ease and comfort that is necessary for someone to really make an impression in tuners. Holden also doesn't really seem to be trying to hard in terms of his dramatic chores here, either, and it's not hard to see why: this is a film the script of which is simply dreadful. Clearly, the star was not inspired by his material, leaving the quintet of kids and the wonderful Charles Winninger to run away with the picture. The kids do it mostly on youthful appeal, which many will find grating, but Winninger does it on talent and experience. The rest of Father isn't worth much, but Winninger is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/16/2010
  • UPC: 043396355576
  • Original Release: 1950
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  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 37,570

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Holden Johnny Rutledge
Coleen Gray Prudence Millett
Mary Jane Saunders May Chalotte
Charles Winninger Prof. Mordecai Ford
Stuart Erwin Pudge Barnham
Clinton Sundberg Plato Cassin
Gary Gray Jan Chalotte
Sig Rumann Jericho Schlosser
Lloyd Corrigan Judge Millett
Frederic Tozere Jeffrey Gilland, Sr.
Peggy Converse Genevieve Cassin
Arthur Space Lucius Staley
Warren Farlow March
Wayne Farlow April
Ruby Dandridge Maid
Billy Gray Feb Chalotte
Tommy Ivo Jeffrey Gilland, Jr.
Tom Kingston Bit
William Tannen Willis
Al Thompson Court Clerk
Eddy Waller White
Dooley Wilson Blue
Hank Worden Finnegan
Technical Credits
Abby Berlin Director
Norman Foster Director
Carl Anderson Art Director
Clay Campbell Makeup
George Cooper Sound/Sound Designer
James Edward Grant Screenwriter
Burnett Guffey Cinematographer
Aleen Leslie Screenwriter
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Arthur Morton Score Composer
S. Sylvan Simon Producer
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision
Jerome Thoms Editor
Frank A. Tuttle Set Decoration/Design
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