Review: ‘The Baby Maker’

The Baby Maker is an offbeat story of a childless couple who hire a young girl to conceive by the husband.

The Baby Maker is an offbeat story of a childless couple who hire a young girl to conceive by the husband.

Director James Bridges’ story is stronger than his direction of players, though the physical staging is admirable.

Collin Wilcox-Horne and Sam Groom are a barren couple, who hire Barbara Hershey to bear his child. This in turn shatters the girl’s relationship with Scott Glenn, both of whom are from the love generation. Development of an emotional relationship between Hershey and Groom is more than implicit.

Wilcox-Horne is excellent in a multi-faceted performance: sometimes warm and loving, occasionally on the verge of jealousy, but always sincere in her character’s motivations and reactions. Hers is the film’s best performance.

Glenn comes over well as the frustrated but likeable lover. His role is important if subsidiary, and he handles it very well.

1970: Nomination: Best Original Song Score

The Baby Maker

Production

National General/Wise. Director James Bridges; Producer Richard Goldstone; Screenplay James Bridges; Camera Charles Rosher Jr; Editor Walter Thompson; Music Fred Karlin; Art Director Mort Rabinowitz

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 109 MIN.

With

Barbara Hershey Collin Wilcox-Horne Sam Groom Scott Glenn Jeannie Berlin Lili Valenty

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