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Bachelor Mother [Import]

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Ginger Rogers stars as a department store salesclerk about to be laid off after the Christmas holiday, who happens to be passing an orphanage when a woman leaves a baby on the doorstep. The orphanage assumes that Rogers is the mother, despite her protests; when they contact the department store, the owner's son (David Niven) decides to restore her job so that she can take care of the child. Before long, rumors are flying that Niven is the child's father, which fills Niven's father (the great character actor Charles Coburn) with joy. The plot expertly weaves a deliciously funny web of assumptions and denials, with Rogers, Niven, and Coburn turning in topnotch performances--Rogers, who sometimes overplays her comic parts, is brilliantly understated in what is one of her best roles. These great actors are combined with a smart script from Norman Krasna (Mr. and Mrs. Smith, It Started with Eve) and smooth direction from Garson Kanin (My Favorite Wife). Bachelor Mother is one of the most underappreciated gems of the screwball comedy era. --Bret Fetzer

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Baby for Christmas Sept. 20 2002
Format:VHS Tape
There is nothing quite like trying to explain yourself when no one will listen or believe you. It is even worse when you are held responsible for everything you didn't do.
The young and beautiful unmarried Polly Parish (Ginger Rogers) finds herself in just such a comical situation when one day she passes a orphanage and sees a woman leaving a baby on the stairs. Before she can stop the woman, she finds herself picking up the baby for fear it will roll off the steps. The door opens and everyone assumes this is her baby. Frustrated, she leaves and won't assume responsibility for the child. Later the baby is returned to her and she takes a liking to the cute little bundle of fun.
On the same day she is fired from her department store job and this makes everyone believe she has had to give up her child due to her job loss. Of course, it gets even more comical when everyone assumes the department store owner (David Niven) is the father.
If I tell you too much about this movie, it will simply spoil the plot. It is similar to a comedy of errors in which everyone makes the wrong assumptions and takes action on what they consider to be the facts.
I really had great fun watching this movie, although seeing such a cute baby in this movie started to get the maternal clock ticking again.
It is interesting to note that Ginger Rogers "at first" refused to appear in this movie, however she was somehow convinced to play the part. This was one of her early attempts at doing straight comedy.
Quite a lovely classic comedy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Comedy From An Innocent Time Oct. 21 2003
Format:VHS Tape
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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5.0 out of 5 stars The Magic of Ginger Aug. 14 2002
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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 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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5.0 out of 5 stars GINGER AND GARSON Nov. 2 2001
Format:VHS Tape
As a shop girl, Ginger Rogers picks up a tiny baby she finds on the stoop of a foundling home and carries it inside. The officials inside believe Rogers to be the mother.........RKO's boy wonder of 1939 was Garson Kanin; the unknown novice director was 25 when he brillianty directed John Barrymore in THE GREAT MAN VOTES; he was rewarded by directing the studio's brightest star, Ginger Rogers in BACHELOR MOTHER. The vivacious Ginger Rogers had one of her best comedy roles in this movie, and along with her performances in STAGE DOOR (1937) and VIVACIOUS LADY (1938) she proved to audiences and critics alike that she was indeed capable of doing more than dance beautifully with Fred Astaire. A slight but dextrously handled comedy, it's story is less than a screen classic, but Garson's neat touches and the engaging presence of Ginger Rogers make it a throughly enjoyable diversion. It handles a questionable theme with good taste and finesse.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful fun
This is Ginger Rogers' first film after breaking with Fred Astair, and she is obliged to do a dance scene! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Guy L. Storms
5.0 out of 5 stars Bachelor Mother -- DVD
excellent oldie that is very difficult to find especially on DVD.
Not only was the movie available it was reasonably priced and arrived on time as promised. Read more
Published on Feb. 28 2012 by Linda Laney
4.0 out of 5 stars "A Funny Case of Unexpected Motherhood"
This is one of the few Ginger Rodgers movies in which she is very funny in. When Rodgers finds a baby and is mistaken for the baby's mother and that is when the fun begins. Read more
Published on June 8 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply wonderful
A true and utter delight. I love 1930's and 40's comedy-romances, and this one nears the top of my list.
Published on Jan. 6 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful
I had never heard of this movie and just watched the local library copy. What a gem! Very funny dialogue, excellent pacing, witty. Will put this one on my wish list. Read more
Published on Nov. 6 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy and Mayhem
This is the movie that got me to watch more Ginger Rogers and David Niven films. It is a great situational comedy that is brilliantly acted by all the cast members. Read more
Published on June 21 2001 by Jennifer L. McKenzie
4.0 out of 5 stars A rom-com revolution.
Director Kanin has been called the Douglas Sirk of comedy: like the German auteur,, he takes a popular genre (here the romantic comedy), subverts it while retaining its pleasures. Read more
Published on April 18 2001 by darragh o'donoghue
5.0 out of 5 stars I like this more than perhaps I should
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 5 1999 by Robert Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars An all-time favorite of mine.
I saw this movie when I was young and didn't see it again for years. Now I have the video and watch it over and over again. Read more
Published on Oct. 23 1999 by Pat
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