Warner Archive Collection (series)
Unemployed Polly Parrish picks up a baby left at orphanage doors at Christmas. Everyone assumes the foundling is hers, including Polly's playboy ex-boss, who offers her a job if she'll live up to her maternal duties.
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 21 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: November 9, 2010
- Originally Released: 1939
- Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Charles Coburn, Frank Albertson & E.E. Clive|
|Directed by||Garson Kanin|
|Edited by||Henry Berman & Robert Wise|
|Screenplay by||Norman Krasna|
|Written by||Norman Krasna|
|Composition by||Roy Webb|
|Story by||Felix Jackson|
|Produced by||B.G. DeSylva & Pandro S. Berman|
|Director of Photography:||Robert De Grasse|
Rating: B+ -- Grason Kanin's witty comedy in which Ginger Rogers plays a single mother was a commercial hit, demonstrating her viability as a dramatic actress and comedienne after her separation from dance partner Fred Astaire. Full Review
Rating: B- -- Makes the most of a misunderstanding over maternity. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"a sweet story... part workplace comedy, part family story, part romance, part holiday story... the actors all have winning performances... they are all on their A game." Full Review
The Movie Palace Podcast
Rating: 3/5 -- Okay comedy that ought to have been great.
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Description by OLDIES.com:
Unemployed Polly Parrish (Ginger Rogers) impulsively picks up a baby left at orphanage doors at Christmas. Everyone assumes the foundling is hers, including Polly's playboy ex-boss (David Niven), who offers her a job if she'll live up to her maternal duties. A paycheck would be handy, so Polly complies. Then the boss's tycoon dad (Charles Coburn) assumes the infant is his secret grandson... and things really spin out of control. Buoyed by Rogers' irresistibly endearing performance, Bachelor Mother is one of those rarities, a brilliantly cast comedy where everything - plot, pacing and dialogue (thanks to Garson Kanin's savvy direction and Norman Krasna's witty script) - is exactly, hilariously right.
A young unmarried woman stops to take a peek at a little bundle of joy abandoned on the steps of an orphanage. This innocent act of curiosity lands her in hot water when the home's administrators conclude that she's the baby's true mom. In no time at all, she's crazy about the charming infant... and discovering other forms of love, too. Remade with Debbie Reynolds as Bundle of Joy (1956). Academy Award Nominations: Best Original story.
A young unmarried woman stops to take a peek at a little bundle of joy abandoned on the steps of an orphanage. To her surprise, this innocent act of curiosity lands her in hot water when the home's administrators conclude that she's the baby's true mom. In no time at all, she's crazy about the charming infant... and discovering other forms of love, too.
- The Turner videocassette is part of the "RKO Collection."
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