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HISTORY

The working title of this film was A Bundle of Joy . According to material contained in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, Joseph Hoffman wrote an early treatment for this film, but it was superseded by a treatment written by Karen De Wolf and Robert Chapin. For further information regarding the series, consult the Series Index and see above Every Saturday Night ... More Less

The working title of this film was A Bundle of Joy . According to material contained in the Twentieth Century-Fox Produced Scripts Collection at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, Joseph Hoffman wrote an early treatment for this film, but it was superseded by a treatment written by Karen De Wolf and Robert Chapin. For further information regarding the series, consult the Series Index and see above Every Saturday Night (1936). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
23 Nov 38
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Oct 38
pp. 8-9.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Nov 38
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Nov 38
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
30 Nov 38
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
26 Nov 38
p. 27, 30
Variety
30 Nov 38
p. 12.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Katharine Kavanaugh.
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
A Bundle of Joy
Release Date:
25 March 1939
Production Date:
early October--early November 1938
retakes 8 November
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
24 March 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8765
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA High Fidelity Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
61
Length(in feet):
5,459
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4767
SYNOPSIS

The arrival of the Jones family's first grandchild causes an uproar when the baby's mother, Bonnie Thompson, insists upon rearing her child according to the precepts of child psychologist Dr. Ronald B. Pillcoff. The enforcer of the doctor's edicts is Nurse Cordell, a live-in nurse who makes certain that no one disturbs or handles the baby, as outlined by Dr. Pillcoff. This causes the baby's desperate father Herbert to sneak through a window to hold his daughter and inadvertently trigger a kidnapping alarm that brings the police. In retaliation, Herbert joins the other Pillcoff baby fathers to form an anti-Pillcoff society. After the society's first meeting, Herbert returns home to demand his rights as a father, only to be thrown out of the house by his wife. This prompts Bonnie's grandmother, Granny Jones, to pay a visit to their family doctor, where she learns that Pillcoff has been expelled by the medical association for unethical conduct. Granny approaches Herbert with her information, and they convene a meeting of the anti-Pillcoff society to hatch a plot that will rid the town of Maryville of Pillcoff's edicts forever. When Dick Lane, the secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, invites Pillcoff to give a lecture, the greedy doctor eagerly accepts the large fee and arrives at the hall to find it filled with unruly children. As Pillcoff is reduced to a screaming match with the children, Bonnie's housekeeper, Hattie, a mother of eight herself, orders Nurse Cordell out of the house. Meanwhile, back at the lecture hall, Pillcoff threatens to beat Bonnie's brother Bobby, which finally makes Bonnie realize that he is a quack. ... +


The arrival of the Jones family's first grandchild causes an uproar when the baby's mother, Bonnie Thompson, insists upon rearing her child according to the precepts of child psychologist Dr. Ronald B. Pillcoff. The enforcer of the doctor's edicts is Nurse Cordell, a live-in nurse who makes certain that no one disturbs or handles the baby, as outlined by Dr. Pillcoff. This causes the baby's desperate father Herbert to sneak through a window to hold his daughter and inadvertently trigger a kidnapping alarm that brings the police. In retaliation, Herbert joins the other Pillcoff baby fathers to form an anti-Pillcoff society. After the society's first meeting, Herbert returns home to demand his rights as a father, only to be thrown out of the house by his wife. This prompts Bonnie's grandmother, Granny Jones, to pay a visit to their family doctor, where she learns that Pillcoff has been expelled by the medical association for unethical conduct. Granny approaches Herbert with her information, and they convene a meeting of the anti-Pillcoff society to hatch a plot that will rid the town of Maryville of Pillcoff's edicts forever. When Dick Lane, the secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, invites Pillcoff to give a lecture, the greedy doctor eagerly accepts the large fee and arrives at the hall to find it filled with unruly children. As Pillcoff is reduced to a screaming match with the children, Bonnie's housekeeper, Hattie, a mother of eight herself, orders Nurse Cordell out of the house. Meanwhile, back at the lecture hall, Pillcoff threatens to beat Bonnie's brother Bobby, which finally makes Bonnie realize that he is a quack. The theories of Dr. Pillcoff are thus banished forever, and peace is restored to the families of Maryville. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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