Bachelor Mother – 1939

Picking the very first film to write about is difficult.  I have thousands of movies at my disposal, so what’s a girl to do? Do I pick a well-known classic?  Do I go with my favorite movie of all time?  Do I try to find something obscure so I can seem hip and offbeat?  I’ll take the fourth option, and go with a movie that is saved on my DVR and has played on my television several times over the past month:

Bachelor Mother starring Ginger Rogers and David Niven.

This 1939 RKO gem is charming.  The actors are charming, the script is charming…even the little apartment Ginger Rogers’ character lives in is charming.  It tells the story of Polly Parrish (Rogers) and David Merlin (Niven) an employee-employer who find themselves thrown together after a case of mistaken maternity.

David Niven as the wealthy and slightly stiff Merlin, is handsome and hilarious as he tries to turn the reluctant Polly into a model mother.

Ginger Rogers as the accidental mother, Polly, is witty and bright as she tries to sort out the unexpected turn her life has taken.

This is not a song and dance movie (though there is a 1950’s musical remake, Bundle of Joy, starring Debbie Reynolds), but the filmmakers take the opportunity to showcase a little of Ginger’s famous abilities.  This film is quite simply the type of fun and funny romp that makes a girl like me long for a time where ladies wore stockings and men always had linen handkerchiefs on hand.

*Scene to watch for: Merlin and the how-to-guide for babies