Review: ‘Bachelor Mother’

Story [by Felix Jackson] itself is a rather ordinary Cinderella yarn, gaining substance and strength through adroit direction, excellently tempoed lines and situations, and topnotch cast performances.

Story [by Felix Jackson] itself is a rather ordinary Cinderella yarn, gaining substance and strength through adroit direction, excellently tempoed lines and situations, and topnotch cast performances.

Ginger Rogers blossoms forth as a most competent comedienne. David Niven delivers strongly as the romantic interest.

Picking up a baby on the steps of a foundling home, Rogers finds her excuses inadequate and she’s tabbed as the unwed mother of the child. Girl easily adopts maternal love for the baby, finding the home’s intervention with her boss saves her job in the department store.

Niven, playboy son of the department store owner, becomes curiously interested in the foundling, and gradually generates romantic inclinations toward Rogers.

Garson Kanin’s direction keeps up a breezy and steady pace.

1939: Nomination: Best Original Story (Felix Jackson)

Bachelor Mother

Production

RKO. Director Garson Kanin; Producer Buddy De Sylva; Screenplay Norman Krasna; Camera Robert de Grasse; Editor Henry Berman, Robert Wise; Music Roy Webb; Art Director Van Nest Polglase, Carroll Clark

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1939. Running time: 80 MIN.

With

Ginger Rogers David Niven Charles Coburn Frank Albertson E.E. Clive
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