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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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NEWLY laid off Polly Parrish is out of JOB~ on her way to the unemployment office she spots a foundling baby on the door step of the local orphanage~ THE BABY LOOKS like HER with blonde hair and blue eyes. Polly's Boss David Merlin (excellent elegent) David Niven is approached by the orphange reps and HE soon gives POLLY her job back and the Orphange Rep gives POLLY "her baby back"~ soon Polly on the way to the PINK SLIPPER for a dance contest drops off the "Johnny" (the baby) on David Nivens door step since it was his doing she got the baby~with the claim "IT'S NOT MY BABY"~ a hilarous chase has wealthy playboy Merlin (Niven) holding baby and hot on Pollys trial~ EVERY ONE ASSUMES "JOHNNY" IS HERS~ ADDED FUN is John B. Merlin Senior (Charles Coburn) who wishes his playboy son would settle down spots Polly, David Merlin and Baby in the park and believes this is HIS grandson~ now every one is chasing Polly down ~ great dance sequence with Ginger Rogers,
fantastic acting, great plot, this one of the THE BEST early romantic comedies. and YES at long last out of DVD~
I GIVE IT 5 STARS WITH TOP sizzle and SPARKLE BETWEEN NIVEN AND ROGERS AND COBURN STEALS THE SHOW AS THE PUSHY GRANDFATHER WANNA BE~
Had Bachelor Mother been released in 1938 or 1940, then it would be widely regarded as one of the best comedies ever made, right up there with Young Frankenstein, which was certainly the funniest movie ever made.
Ginger Rogers is fantastic, her best non-Astaire-and-Rogers role ever, and Charles Coburn, well, is Charles Coburn, maybe the best character actor ever, except maybe for Walter Brennan.
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.
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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ginger Rogers had a huge talent for screwball comedy.