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Bachelor Mother (1939)

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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.

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Cast

Ginger Rogers
as Polly Parrish
David Niven
as David Merlin
Charles Coburn
as John B. Merlin
Frank Albertson
as Freddie Miller
E.E. Clive
as Butler
Ferike Boros
as Mrs. Weiss
Ernest Truex
as Investigator
Leonard Penn
as Jerome Weiss
Paul Stanton
as Hargraves
June Wilkins
as Louise King
Murray Alper
as Bouncer
Leona Roberts
as Old Lady
Reed Hadley
as Dance Partner
Chester Clute
as Man in Park
Florence Lake
as Woman in Park
Barbara Pepper
as Dance-Hall Hostess
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Critic Reviews for Bachelor Mother

All Critics (4)

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
EmanuelLevy.Com

Makes the most of a misunderstanding over maternity.

Full Review… | December 21, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Okay comedy that ought to have been great.

September 11, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Bachelor Mother

ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS MOVIE. THE CAST IS AMAZING. AN ABSOLUTE FEEL GOOD MOVIE THAT IS ALSO HUMOROUS. I NEVER GET SICK OF WATCHING IT. GINGER ROGERS IS MY FAVOURITE ACTRESS AND THIS IS MY FAVORITE MOVIE OF HERS.

Julie Field
Julie Field

Silly, sappy premise actually allows Ginger Rogers one of her better comedic roles. Her pairing with the foppish David Niven seems like an odd mismatch, but it works here.

Daryl Kuxhouse
Daryl Kuxhouse
½

WONDERFUL film! A young Niven is excellent, and Ginger Rogers is radiant! Very funny, with excellent supporting performances.

Paul Manjourides
Paul Manjourides

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