Ginger Rogers ■ David Niven
Polly Parrish, a clerk at Merlin's Department Store, is mistakenly presumed to be the mother of a foundling. Outraged at Polly's unmotherly conduct, David Merlin becomes determined to keep the single woman and "her" baby together.
Bachelor Mother is just flat-out funny. I've been a fan of Ginger Rogers since first watching her in Top Hat (with Fred Astaire and I came to enjoy David Niven's acting starting with the Disney film No Deposit No Return. Since then, I've found out just how much of a versatile and talented actress Ginger was.
This was a fun and funny movie that my family totally enjoyed. Ginger Rogers has some really great one-liners, and David Niven is so funny trying to be so proper about the whole zany situation while maintaining his playboy lifestyle.
Don't let the black/white filming put you off. Bachelor Mother is a great romantic comedy that can be watched by the whole family.
If you love a light-hearted comedy of errors filled with wrong assumptions and even some mistaken identity, Bachelor Mother is a fun romp from the late 1930's.
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
Central Park, New York City, NY (backgrounds)
Times Square, New York City, NY (backgrounds)
Freddie: [referring to the baby] Where did it come from?
Polly: I got it for Christmas!
Freddie: This Christmas or last Christmas?
David Merlin: So how do you like her?
Louise King: Pretty good for a fill-in. I'd just as soon go stag.
Polly: You could, too, with those shoulders.
Polly: Is there something I can do?
J.B. Merlin: [holding the baby] You've done it.
J.B. Merlin: I don't care who the father is, I'm the grandfather!