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Bachelor Mother

Ginger Rogers  Actor David Niven  Actor Charles Coburn  Actor Frank Albertson  Actor E.E. Clive  Actor

MPAA Rating: NR
Contains:Suitable for Children

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Bachelor Mother

UPC: 883316291535

Studio: Warner Bros. Digital Distribution

MPAA Rating: NR   Contains:[Suitable for Children]

Summary: 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. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Category: Romance

Awards: Best Original Story – Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Bachelor Mother

Format: DVD

Release Date: 11/09/2010

Audio: DD1 Dolby Digital Mono

Runtime: 81 Minutes

Number of Discs: 1

Language(s) English

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. ~ Craig Butler, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Pandro S. Berman  Executive Producer 
Buddy G. DeSylva  Producer 
Felix Jackson  Screenwriter 
Garson Kanin  Director 
Norman Krasna  Screenwriter 
Roy Webb  Composer (Music Score) 
Ginger Rogers  Actor 
David Niven  Actor 
Charles Coburn  Actor 
Frank Albertson  Actor 
E.E. Clive  Actor 
Ferike Boros  Actor 
Ernest Truex  Actor 
Leonard Penn  Actor 
Paul Stanton  Actor 
Frank M. Thomas  Actor 
Edna Holland  Actor 
June Wilkins  Actor 
Murray Alper  Actor 
Elbert Coplen, Jr.  Actor 
Horace McMahon  Actor 
Gerald Oliver Smith  Actor 
Leona Roberts  Actor 
Irving Bacon  Actor 
Reed Hadley  Actor 
Chester Clute  Actor 
Florence Lake  Actor 
Barbara Pepper  Actor 
Charles H. Bisharat  Actor 
Edythe Elliott  Actor 
Dorothy Adams  Actor 
Charles Halton  Actor 
Nestor Paiva  Actor 
Hugh Prosser  Actor 
Hal K. Dawson  Actor 
Dennie Moore  Actor 

Country: USA