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Bachelor Mother


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Editorial Reviews

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.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ginger Rogers, David Niven
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: RKO
  • DVD Release Date: December 22, 2010
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004D9ADD8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,172 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Underwood VINE VOICE on March 24, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
Garson Kanin directed this Norman Krasna screenplay and if you ever doubt the magic of Ginger Rogers you have only to watch this film for absolute proof. The always loveable Charles Coburn and a young, dashing and very funny David Niven help this become a true classic. Ginger gives a sweet and comical performance that is a reminder of just how great she really was.

Ginger plays Polly Parrish, temporary Christmas help at Merlin & Son's department store. Charles Coburn is J. B. Merlin and David Niven is his footloose son David. Ginger is given her pink slip along with the other Christmas help and upon leaving the store comes across an old woman leaving a small baby on the steps of an orphanage. Ginger of course picks the baby up as the door opens and from here on in everyone assumes it's hers!

When she leaves the baby there it is traced back to her former employer and Niven agrees to keep her on so she can keep her baby! Ginger gets tired of explaining how it's not her baby and since she is slowly but surely becoming the baby's mother anyway she gives in. A very funny Niven keeps stopping buy to "help" and he and Ginger have some truly nice moments together.

When Niven is stood up on New Year's Eve he stops by to get Ginger and once the clothes and fur coat arrive they are off to rub it in the face of the stuffy girl who stood him up. To Ginger's shock he introduces her as a Swedish girl who can't speak a word of english! It's hilarious as they make up a language that's anything but Swedish and Ginger is the toast of the party, dancing with everyone. The scene after the date, as Ginger talks to her baby about it will make you fall in love with her.

When a disgruntled employee tells Coburn that the baby is his son's, he is overjoyed to have a grandson.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Huffman on December 29, 2004
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I have watched this movie every year around the holidays since I can remember. It is innocent enough for children yet entertaining for adults.

During her lunch our, Polly Parish finds her life will never be the same as she finds herself is a comical chain of circumstances, with all fingers pointing to her as the mother of an abandoned child. After trying to convince everyone around her that she is not the mother, she finally accepts responsibility for this bundle, eventually becoming so attached to the child that she fights to keep him.

Ginger Rogers is delightful as always, with David Niven fitting in his role like fingers in a glove. A must-see classic!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 5, 1999
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I'll just add to what others have said: this film is a heck of a lot of fun. Ginger has never been more delightful. Charles Coburn is his usual magnificent self (and gets off the movie's best line: "I don't care who the father is, I am the grandfather!" And David Niven, who I have always found likeable but inexplicably overrated, is much more agreeable than usual.
Although my favorite Ginger Rogers films are those she made with Herr Astaire, she would have been one of my favorites merely by the quality of such films as this one and THE MAJOR AND THE MINOR.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By julialovesmovies on August 9, 2011
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A comic classic that has been poorly copied.
Wait until a more reputable company releases
it. Video quality is bad.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Koppel on October 21, 2003
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This is a hilarious comedy of assumptions with a very strong cast. Ginger Rogers, David Niven and Charles Coburn all star in this delightful comedy.
Ginger Rogers is a store clerk who happens to see a woman leaving a baby at the door of a church. She rushes forward to tell the woman not to do such a thing when suddenly the woman flees and the door opens. Ginger is assumed to be the mother of the baby and the priest insists that she keeps the child. And from there the story springs.
The Church, in their role of helping, interferes at the store to make sure Ginger keeps her job so that she can raise the child. This brings her to the attention of her boss. Fascination and romance follow.
Ginger is like a rider on a roller coaster. She can not get off or change things. She must hold on as best she can until the ride ends.
This movie is wonderful and delightful, but only really works if one accepts the innocent nature of films of the day. Ginger is accused of having a baby. Even the people she has worked with every day believe it. All this despite that fact that in the movie Ginger has a waist of about sixteen inches and there is no way she could have been pregnant without everyone seeing her condition. But that aside, it is a truly wonderful film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patience Poast-Armienta on January 31, 2006
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Wonderful movie, I have watched my copy at least 20 times over the years! I love the sassy verbage used, and the lovely clothes! This movie is not one of her dancing musicals however, it is funny and superb! This is one of my few all time favorite movies ... great movie to watch with your family on a rainy day with some cocoa!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A.O'Neil on August 21, 2011
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I've ADORED this movie for years and have eagerly awaited it's arrival on DVD. I strongly recommend it to anyone who enjoys classic movies, Ginger Rogers or David Niven. Ginger and David are both adorable and Ginger gets to shine as a fine comic actress out of the great shadow of Fred Astaire. Ginger does very little dancing in this movie but she is charming and very funny. The only problem is that I was disappointed in the quality of the film. I was thinking that it would have been cleaner and sharper but it's not; however, the sound is good. The quality does not detract from the film and I strongly recommend it.
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