As part of TCM's "Summer under the Stars" event- each day in August they are honoring a different actor or actress by playing their movies all day! Ginger Rogers has been selected for August 12th, 2012 and as part of a special Blogathon by the web-sites, "ScribeHard on Film" and "Sittin on a Backyard Fence", to promote these films, I am featuring a Movie Review & Trailer (below) for the Ginger Rogers Christmas Movie, Bachelor Mother.
See Bachelor Mother:
Sunday, August 12, 2012 @ 01:00 PM on TCM
Original Air Date: 1939
Ginger Rogers ... Polly Parrish
David Niven ... David Merlin
Charles Coburn ... J.B. Merlin
Frank Albertson ... Freddie Miller
E.E. Clive ... Butler
Elbert Coplen Jr. ... Johnnie
Ferike Boros ... Mrs. Weiss
Ernest Truex ... Investigator
Leonard Penn ... Jerome Weiss
Paul Stanton ... Hargraves
Frank M. Thomas ... Doctor
Edna Holland ... Matron
Dennie Moore ... Mary
June Wilkins ... Louise King
Donald Duck ... Himself
Unemployed Polly Parrish (Ginger Rogers) impulsively picks up a baby left at orphanage doors at Christmas. Everyone assumes the founding 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.
Clever and quick... with a whole lot of wit and charm!
When the Christmas Season is over, Polly Parrish (Ginger Rogers), a clerk at Merlin's Department Store, looses her job when they no longer need extra Holiday help. Upon her way home, she discovers a baby left abandoned outside an orphanage home – but no one seems to believe her when she tells them he is not her own.
It’s a case of mistaken identity in this fast paced comedy which also stars ever popular star, David Niven, as David Merlin, Polly’s boss at Merlin's department store. David gets the idea that Polly has abandoned the baby since she lost her job at his store, so he does everything he can to re-store her to her position and re-unite Polly with the baby. In the meantime, David’s father, J.B. Merlin is under the impression that the baby belongs to not only Polly, but also his son, so he does everything in his power to try and bring them together, as well.
One of the best scenes – is a New Years party where Polly pretends she cannot speak English the entire evening and she dances the night away – with various gentlemen making one of the women there very jealous. Upon leaving, Polly and David meet that woman alone at the door, she makes a snide remark about Polly, and Polly, by this time has had enough- she finally remarks back to her in perfect English. I loved it! And, it’s also great when David and Polly go out in the street just before midnight on New Years Eve, they get separated amongst an enormous celebrating crowd... but finally find each other again at midnight and kiss! Perfectly Sweet and with a Sweet Ending, too!
See or Skip:
See! It's a Great Christmas Classic!
*Bachelor Mother is Available on DVD.
Bachelor Mother was re-made by Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher in a 1956 movie titled : Bundle of Joy! This is also a great romantic comedy. In this version, there is singing and Christmas, in general, is shown a lot more. New Years Eve is also celebrated. Another great Christmas classic!
*Bundle of Joy is Available on DVD.
*See additional air times for "Bachelor Mother" on TCM's Overview page:
*Bachelor Mother - Available on DVD.
*Bundle of Joy - Available on DVD.