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Pretty Baby (1950)

A young working girl, trying to find a way to get a seat on the subway, takes along a baby doll to insure a way. She ends up getting stuck in a thick plot to sell an ad to a rich client who... See full summary »


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Everett Freeman (screenplay), Harry Kurnitz (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Cast overview:
Dennis Morgan ... Sam Morley
Betsy Drake ... Patsy Douglas
Zachary Scott ... Barry Holmes
Edmund Gwenn ... Cyrus Baxter
William Frawley ... Corcoran
Raymond Roe ... Sidney
Ransom M. Sherman Ransom M. Sherman ... Powers (as Ransom Sherman)
Sheila MacRae ... Peggy (as Sheila Stephens)
Eleanor Audley ... Miss Brindel
George Chandler ... Henderson
Barbara Billingsley ... Edna the Receptionist


A young working girl, trying to find a way to get a seat on the subway, takes along a baby doll to insure a way. She ends up getting stuck in a thick plot to sell an ad to a rich client who thinks her doll is a real baby named after him. Her male co-workers try to keep her playing "mother" until they can get a contract for the ad. Written by Karan Haygood Walsh

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Release Date:

16 September 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ce sacré bébé See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 20, 1950 with Betsy Drake and Dennis Morgan reprising their film roles. See more »


Almost an hour in, as Zachary Scott is convincing Betsy Drake to present Sam's campaign to Cyrus Baxter, he leads her out of the office door, saying, "Now remember, Patsy, the code of the firm..." As Sam's office door closes, at the top of the door can be seen the very bright studio lights that were used to light the scene before." See more »


Some Sunday Morning
Music by M.K. Jerome and Ray Heindorf
Whistled by Cyrus Baxter as he's looking out his office window
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completely bonkers
2 June 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Sam Morley loses his secretary Peggy to marriage. Patsy Douglas (Betsy Drake) is a horribly clumsy replacement. The 22 year old gets sent back down. She takes a doll pretending to be her baby to get a seat on the subway. Her advertising agency's biggest client ruthless Cyrus Baxter (Edmund Gwenn) happens to be riding on the train next to her. Patsy claims to have named the baby Cyrus after Baxter while Baxter pretends to be nightwatchman Smith. Baxter is so taken with the story that upon learning it, Sam and Barry Holmes quickly give the recently-fired Patsy a raise. Confusion reigns.

Patsy is such a weird character. Betsy Drake doesn't seem like a comedian to pull it off but her natural sincerity really sets this off. She may have gotten the job due to her husband Cary Grant but she's actually weirdly funny in her unreal antics. The confusion is worthy of the craziest screwball comedies. The romance is a little stuck on. If only Cary Grant joined his wife. That part is a little clunky.

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