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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 »


Bretaigne Windust


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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baby | subway | subterfuge | See All (3) »




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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The city of Worcester,.Massachusetts is mentioned,as well as The El Morocco Restaurant. Which was recently torn down 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 »


You and the Night and the Music
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Played by the band at the Caravan Club
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Good Premise, Thin Results
1 April 2012 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Thin little comedy that takes a clever premise and tries to stretch it to 90-minutes. Betsy Drake is a 40-hour a week drudge cranking out office mimeos, so we don't begrudge her a little trickery getting a seat on the crowded subway. But then, charmed by her fake baby and motherhood, mean old tycoon Edmund Gwenn decides to break character and befriend the simple working girl. Now she's stuck with keeping up the pretense lest she anger her powerful benefactor, leading to a number of semi-comedic predicaments.

Certainly, Drake and Gwenn don't lack for sparkle. The trouble is the humorous situations seldom get the comedic bounce they need. As a result, the set-ups tend to fade into the narrative itself. I suspect director Windust simply lacks the right touch for comedy, which I also suspect is harder to do than drama. Then too, the usually lively Dennis Morgan appears oddly distracted, while the usually villainous Zachary Scott shows he's not entirely out of place.

Anyway, the movie's a good glimpse into the coming consumer age through the medium of an advertising agency. And catch how sensitive the norms of the period are to unwed motherhood. In fact, take away the unwed part, and much of the story would collapse. From these standpoints, the movie's a good foreshadowing of the 1950's as a whole—though it's likely the charming Drake didn't fit the coming age of Marilyn's, Jayne's, and Mamie's. Too bad, because as the deserving working girl in this film she's darn near perfect.

Overall, the movie manages some clever set-ups, a few chuckles, but most of all, a good glimpse of its time period.

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