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Bundle of Joy (1956)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 12 December 1956 (USA)
After finding a baby outside an orphanage, a salesgirl receives sympathy from those around her, including her boss' son, as they all assume the baby is hers.

Director:

Norman Taurog

Writers:

Norman Krasna (screen play), Robert Carson (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eddie Fisher ... Dan Merlin
Debbie Reynolds ... Polly Parish
Adolphe Menjou ... J.B. Merlin
Tommy Noonan ... Freddie Miller
Nita Talbot ... Mary
Una Merkel ... Mrs. Dugan
Melville Cooper ... Adams - the Butler
Bill Goodwin ... Mr. Creely
Howard McNear ... Mr. Appleby
Robert H. Harris ... Mr. Hargraves
Mary Treen ... Matron
Edward Brophy ... Dance Contest Judge (as Edward S. Brophy)
Gil Stratton ... Mike Clancy
Scott Douglas Scott Douglas ... Bill Rand
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Storyline

Kitschy musical remake of "Bachelor Mother". Debbie Reynolds plays an over-eager clerk in a large department store and Eddie Fisher plays the boss' son. After getting fired from her job, she finds an adorable baby on the steps of the foundling home and the folks inside mistake her for the mother. Fisher, well-meaning, but obtuse, tries to help her out with the baby, and the buds of romance begin to appear. Meanwhile old Merlin, the owner of the store, thinks he just might be a grandfather... Written by Teresa B. O'Donnell <sun.moon.stars@worldnet.att.net>

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Their first movie together! Eddie sings 6 wonderful new songs!


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 December 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bundle of Joy See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In her autobiography, Carrie Fisher says that her mother, Debbie Reynolds, was pregnant with her whilst making this film. This accounts for several shots where Reynolds is hidden behind a shop display or wearing a cloak-style coat. See more »

Goofs

When Polly (Debbie Reynolds) and Mary (Nita Talbot) are singing "Worry About Tomorrow", Polly tries on various hats and in doing so, her hair becomes disarranged. In the next shot, as she puts on a large white hat, her hair is now fully combed. See more »

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Referenced in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Bundle of Joy (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Worry About Tomorrow
(uncredited)
Music by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Mack Gordon
Sung by Eddie Fisher
Also sung by Debbie Reynolds and Nita Talbot
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Cute, funny, bubbly...NOT...
25 December 2006 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

If it wasn't for the professional ease DEBBIE REYNOLDS displays in almost any role she plays, BUNDLE OF JOY would rank among the most forgettable romantic comedies of all time.

And this is true, even though she's surrounded by pros like TOMMY NOONAN (as an ambitious but overly flirtatious floor-walker) and ADOLPHE MENJOU (as a man who wishes he was the grandpa of the cute baby boy). And in the middle of this mess, is a weak performance by EDDIE FISHER, clearly in need of comic timing and finesse, especially since the lines he's given to speak are slightly short of ridiculous. His department store musical number at the film's start is an embarrassment to watch, clumsily staged and performed.

Director Norman Taurog is to blame for not being able to put any life into this retread of a GINGER ROGERS/David NIVEN/CHARLES COBURN film called BACHELOR MOTHER. The story is not the only handicap. The songs are third rate, even though Fisher and Reynolds deliver them in an appropriate style. Only one of them is a remotely catchy tune called "How I Love My Pretty Baby".

Obviously this is the kind of story of mistaken identifies that someone like Norman Krasna could write in his sleep (too bad he wasn't summoned to help with the script), but it's played in such uninspired fashion by Fisher and most of the cast (including the usually reliable Adolphe Menjou, Melville Cooper and Bill Goodwin), that it falls flat in injecting any real wit or humor into the contrived situations.

Summing up: Debbie deserved better than this. Both she and Fisher appear to be completely clueless as to what a dud this really is.


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