Room for One More (1952)





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Based on the autobiography by George and Anna Rose, Room for One More is a warm-hearted vehicle for husband-and-wife actors Cary Grant and Betsy Drake. Though she already has three children of her own, New Jersey housewife Anna Rose (Drake) adopts several kids born into less fortunate circumstances. Both Anna and her husband "Poppy" (Grant) must contend with the emotional baggage brought to their home by these "unwanted" kids, and both bear up quite well. The film's dramatic core concerns the Roses' efforts to reach a desperately unhappy 13-year-old girl (Iris Mann) and a physically handicapped boy with a penchant for getting into serious trouble (Clifford Tatum Jr). Despite occasional moments of anguish and pathos, Room for One More for the most part opts for a light-hearted approach to its subject matter. In 1962, a TV sitcom version of Room for One More, starring Andrew Duggan and Peggy McCay, debuted as a mid-season replacement over the ABC network; at that time, the original film was re-titled The Easy Way. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Cary Grant
as George 'Poppy' Rose
Betsy Drake
as Anna Rose
Lurene Tuttle
as Miss Kenyon
John Ridgely
as Harry Foreman
Randy Stuart
as Mrs. Foreman
Irving Bacon
as The Mayor
Mary Treen
as Mrs. Roberts
Hayden Rorke
as The Doctor
Iris Mann
as Jane
Clifford Tatum Jr.
as Jimmy-John
Gay Gordon
as Trot
Larry Olsen
as Ben Roberts
Mary Newton
as Woman
Karen Hale
as Woman
Charles Meredith
as Mr. Thatcher
Oliver Blake
as Mr. Doran
Don Beddoe
as School Principal
Douglas Fowley
as Ice Man
John McGovern
as Senior Patrol Leader
Gretchen Hartman
as Chairwoman
Dabbs Greer
as Scoutmaster
Stephen Wootton
as Little Brother
Ray Page
as Gas Station Attendent
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Critic Reviews for Room for One More

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Turns mawkish.

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Full Review… | June 23, 2006

Sensível e tocante, o filme traz Grant (e sua então esposa, Drake) em um dos papéis mais adoráveis de sua carreira.

June 12, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Audience Reviews for Room for One More

Lesser known Grant comedy is a sweet-natured look at the challenges of adopting older children and blending them into an already existing family. A nice film rather than a laugh out loud comedy.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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Room for One More (1952) -- [7.0] -- Cary Grant already has three children and little time alone with his wife (Betsy Drake), but that doesn't stop her from bringing home a few troubled foster children. "Room for One More" is a sweet comedy with just enough dramatic heft. Grant (at his droll, beleaguered best) and Drake have some great exchanges, especially after one of their boys inquires where babies come from. Grant draws the figure of a woman in the sand and explains. Drake then comes along and asks what the drawing is. "A woman." "It's not a very good likeness." "Well, I was drawing from memory." Clifford Tatum Jr and Iris Mann, as the two foster children, carry the weight of the film's emotional appeal, but the schmaltz is administered in acceptable doses. What can I say? I was moved and I laughed -- a very pleasant surprise.

Scott Schirmer
Scott Schirmer

Continuing my theme of recording anything that turns up on TCM starring Cary Grant, I grabbed this awhile back and finally gave it a day in court this past week. Real life couple Grant and Betsy Drake play a couple with three children who end up adopting three children who have had a hard time fitting in with other foster families but meet their match in the Job-like patience of Drake. The movie has some truly tear-jerking moments with the kids, but manages to balance this against enough humor to keep the audience from becoming too despondent. Really good film, recommended.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

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