Rock-A-Bye Baby

Rock-A-Bye Baby

Director: Frank Tashlin

Cast: Frank Tashlin, Jerry Lewis, Marilyn Maxwell, Connie Stevens

     
 

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In this comedy, an awkward TV repairman finds himself falling for an actress who doesn't even know he exists and instead marries a dashing Mexican bullfighter. Unfortunately, he dies the day after their wedding; fortunately, he managed to impregnate her. Unfortunately, she is soon supposed to be starring in a religious epic called The White Virgin on the Nile.See more details below

Overview

In this comedy, an awkward TV repairman finds himself falling for an actress who doesn't even know he exists and instead marries a dashing Mexican bullfighter. Unfortunately, he dies the day after their wedding; fortunately, he managed to impregnate her. Unfortunately, she is soon supposed to be starring in a religious epic called The White Virgin on the Nile. To help her, the repairman offers to watch her baby after it is born. Unfortunately, she gives birth to triplets. Later he marries the sister of the actress who bears him quintuplets. Some guys have all the luck. Songs include: "In the Land of La La La," "Dormi, Dormi, Dormi," "The White Virgin of the Nile," "Love is a Lonely Thing" and "Why Can't He Care for Me?"

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
As Jerry Lewis vehicles go, Rock-a-Bye Baby is one of the better ones -- which means that those who totally dig the comedian's shtick will be in heaven, while those who are somewhat more resistant to his charms will at least find it more-or-less tolerable. In fact, Baby would be even more tolerable if it kept the manic comic feeling of its first half, instead of going in for maudlin sentimentality related to babies and how cute they are. This switch in tone gives Baby a schizophrenic feel -- which, again, won't make the least bit of difference to devotees. As a Frank Tashlin project, Baby has its share of zany gags and, for a while at least, a fairly surreal atmosphere; the director has a gift for creating a world that is slightly off-kilter and has a strange appeal. The problem, as with many Tashlin problems, is that he has a hard time doing anything with that world. It's an interesting place to visit, but it doesn't grow and change enough, and it pretty much gets jettisoned when the film gets gooey. Lewis is Lewis; his work with Tashlin (here and elsewhere) is more palatable than with some other directors (including himself), but it's still a matter of taste. The supporting cast is very solid, especially an incredibly attractive Connie Stevens, who gets to let herself go a little more than most ingénues would. And the screenplay does have a number of set pieces that work very well. Baby won't set the world on fire, but it's a decent enough effort, with some high-jinx that do score high on the laugh meter.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/14/2012
UPC:
0887090035002
Original Release:
1958
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Region Code:
1
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
7,617

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jerry Lewis Clayton Poole
Marilyn Maxwell Carla Naples
Connie Stevens Sandy Naples
Salvatore Baccaloni Gigi Naples
Reginald Gardiner Harold Hermann
Hans Conried Mr. Wright
Ida Moore Miss Bessie
Gary Lewis Young Clayton
Judy Franklin Young Carla
Isobel Elsom Mrs. Van Cleve
Chester Conklin Actor
Franklin Farnum Actor
Danny Lewis Actor
Hank Mann Actor
Harry "Snub" Pollard Actor
George Sanders M.C.
Hope Emerson Actor
Alex Gerry Actor
James Gleason Doc Simpkins
Mary Treen Nurse

Technical Credits
Frank Tashlin Director,Original Story,Screenwriter
Robert R. Benton Set Decoration/Design
Haskell Boggs Cinematographer
Sammy Cahn Score Composer,Songwriter
Nick Castle Score Composer,Choreography
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Ernest D. Glucksman Associate Producer
Edith Head Costumes/Costume Designer
Tambi Larsen Art Director
Jerry Lewis Producer
Alma Macrorie Editor
Hal Pereira Art Director
Walter Scharf Score Composer
Harry Warren Songwriter,Screenwriter
Wally Westmore Makeup

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Rock-A-Bye Baby
1. Opening [8:59]
2. Small Town U.S.A [13:59]
3. Triplets [14:43]
4. Old Sweethearts [13:08]
5. New Papa [16:03]
6. A Man and 3 Babies [15:43]
7. Man of Many Talents [10:43]
8. A Wedding [10:29]

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