Bachelor Mother (1939)





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Versatile Ginger Rogers proves that her sense of timing extends beyond the realm of song and dance into that of comedy in this sharp, sophisticated and hilarious romantic comedy. She plays single department store clerk Polly Parrish, an upstanding young woman who invites scandal when she chooses to adopt the baby she found abandoned on her doorstep. Naturally everyone assumes that she has joined the ranks of the fallen women. The real laughs come when her dashing, womanizing boss (David Niven) … More

Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Felix Jackson, Norman Krasna
In Theaters:
RKO Pictures


as Polly Parrish

as David Merlin

as John B. Merlin

as Freddie Miller

as Butler

as Mrs. Weiss

as Investigator

as Jerome Weiss

as Hargraves

as Louise King

as Bouncer

as Old Lady

as Dance Partner

as Man in Park

as Woman in Park

as Dance-Hall Hostess
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Critic Reviews for Bachelor Mother

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
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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… | December 28, 2010

Makes the most of a misunderstanding over maternity.

Full Review… | December 21, 2008
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WONDERFUL film! A young Niven is excellent, and Ginger Rogers is radiant! Very funny, with excellent supporting performances.

This is only of my favorite comedies from the 30's. It is so darn cute, especially for the time that it came out. David Niven and Ginger Rogers have the chemistry to pull it off.


This was a great movie! I love Ginger Rogers and although I love her musicals with Fred Astaire, I love watching her do her thing without him.

Kelsea Kimerly

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