Sunday, January 1, 2012
I'm No Bachelor Mother
Released: August 4, 1939
Directed: Garson Kanin
Starring: Ginger Rogers, David Niven, Charles Coburn
Polly Parrish (Ginger Rogers) is a salesgirl at John B. Merlin & Son who has just been fired because the holiday rush is over. Upset, Polly goes to several employment agencies, and witnesses a woman placing a baby on the front stoop of an orphanage. Afraid it is going to fall, she graciously picks it up, but is then thought to be the mother by the orphanage workers. Refusing to "acknowledge" the baby as her own, the workers track her down at her job and talk to her boss, David Merlin (David Niven). David, feeling bad for her, gives Polly back her job, a five dollar raise, and a "Christmas gift", which is of course, the baby back. A fella from work takes her to David's house and drops off the baby, who he thinks is the boss's kid. David returns the baby angrily and the two develop an unusual friendship. Polly and David, that is. Things are complicated when David's dad, John B. Merlin (Charles Coburn), thinks the baby is his grandson.
BACHELOR MOTHER is a wonderful film. I first "saw" the film on Lux Radio Theatre, then later I watched the remake: BUNDLE OF JOY. The remake is ok, but BACHELOR MOTHER is delightful. Ginger Rogers is gorgeous and very funny. As is David Niven, surprisingly. He's always so straight laced and it was great to see him be goofy and fun. Plus his impersonation of Roger's dancing is memorable, to say the least.