And Baby Makes Three (1949)

83-84 mins | Comedy | December 1949

Director:

Henry Levin

Producer:

Robert Lord

Cinematographer:

Burnett Guffey

Editor:

Viola Lawrence

Production Designer:

Robert Peterson

Production Company:

Santana Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's working title was Baby Is Here . A 14 Mar 1949 HR news item reports that Evelyn Keyes was placed on suspension for refusing a part in the film. On 25 Apr 1949, HR noted that Columbia had tried to borrow Ronald Reagan from Warner Bros., but he turned down the offer. On 25 Apr 1949, HR announced that Robert Cummings would star with Barbara Hale. Howland Chamberlin replaced Whit Bissell in the role of "Otto Stacy" when the latter developed pneumonia, according to a 2 Jun 1949 LADN news ... More Less

The film's working title was Baby Is Here . A 14 Mar 1949 HR news item reports that Evelyn Keyes was placed on suspension for refusing a part in the film. On 25 Apr 1949, HR noted that Columbia had tried to borrow Ronald Reagan from Warner Bros., but he turned down the offer. On 25 Apr 1949, HR announced that Robert Cummings would star with Barbara Hale. Howland Chamberlin replaced Whit Bissell in the role of "Otto Stacy" when the latter developed pneumonia, according to a 2 Jun 1949 LADN news item. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
12 Nov 1949.
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Daily Variety
28 Nov 49
p. 3.
Film Daily
5 Jan 50
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Mar 49
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Apr 49
pp. 1-2.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Nov 49
pp. 3-4.
Los Angeles Daily News
2 Jun 1949.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
3 Dec 49
pp. 105-06.
New York Times
23 Dec 49
p. 17.
Variety
30 Nov 49
p. 6.
CAST
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Baby Is Here
Release Date:
December 1949
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 22 December 1949
Production Date:
12 May--11 June 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Santana Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
7 December 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2776
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
83-84
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After Jacqueline Walsh faints as she is about to be married to wealthy Herbert Fletcher, her uncle, Dr. William Parnell, tells her that she is pregnant. The father of the baby is her ex-husband Vernon, a New York publisher, whom she divorced in Reno three days earlier. The Fletchers then decide to postpone the wedding until Jackie gives birth, at which time, Herbert plans to adopt her child. After Bill tells him that he is going to be a father, however, Vern, who is still in love with Jackie, refuses to sign papers granting her full custody of the child. Jackie then reminds Vern that she divorced him for having an affair with writer Wanda York, and points out that he would never win a custody suit, even though he denies any romantic involvement with Wanda. Determined to get Jackie back, Vern then emphasizes his love of children and hires lawyer Otto Stacy to advise him. Realizing that Vern will insist on taking the case into court, Herbert's father, who is anxious to avoid a scandal, asks his son to convince Jackie to share custody with her ex-husband. When Otto suggests that Vern get married to show that he is serious about providing a home for his child, he proposes to Wanda. Soon after Vern announces his engagement, Jackie encounters Wanda's ex-husband, who reveals that since the divorce he has learned that Vern really did sleep in the hotel lobby as he claimed on the night he and Wanda were stranded by the weather. Then, Jackie goes for a check-up, and Bill informs her that she was falsely diagnosed as pregnant ... +


After Jacqueline Walsh faints as she is about to be married to wealthy Herbert Fletcher, her uncle, Dr. William Parnell, tells her that she is pregnant. The father of the baby is her ex-husband Vernon, a New York publisher, whom she divorced in Reno three days earlier. The Fletchers then decide to postpone the wedding until Jackie gives birth, at which time, Herbert plans to adopt her child. After Bill tells him that he is going to be a father, however, Vern, who is still in love with Jackie, refuses to sign papers granting her full custody of the child. Jackie then reminds Vern that she divorced him for having an affair with writer Wanda York, and points out that he would never win a custody suit, even though he denies any romantic involvement with Wanda. Determined to get Jackie back, Vern then emphasizes his love of children and hires lawyer Otto Stacy to advise him. Realizing that Vern will insist on taking the case into court, Herbert's father, who is anxious to avoid a scandal, asks his son to convince Jackie to share custody with her ex-husband. When Otto suggests that Vern get married to show that he is serious about providing a home for his child, he proposes to Wanda. Soon after Vern announces his engagement, Jackie encounters Wanda's ex-husband, who reveals that since the divorce he has learned that Vern really did sleep in the hotel lobby as he claimed on the night he and Wanda were stranded by the weather. Then, Jackie goes for a check-up, and Bill informs her that she was falsely diagnosed as pregnant and can get married any time. Realizing that her suspicions of Vern were unfounded, Jackie is now sorry that she divorced him. Nonetheless, she resolves to go through with her marriage to Herbert. When Jackie learns that Herbert intended to persuade her to stay out of court, despite her wish for sole custody of her child, she decides to reconcile with Vern. Wanda, who still believes that Jackie is pregnant, encourages her to fight for sole custody, explaining that she does not like children. Seeing a way to end Wanda's engagement to Vern, Jackie insists that she is now willing to share custody. Later, during an engagement party, Jackie telephones Vern, pretending to have a craving for pickled lychee nuts. Vern leaves the party to bring them to her and, after a series of stratagems by Jackie, does not return until the party is over. Despite Wanda's angry response, Otto phones Jackie the next day to announce that Vern is getting married. Unwilling to give up, Jackie tells Wanda that she is going to have triplets. At first Wanda seems ready to break her engagement, but later, her suspicions roused by Jackie's request to keep the information secret, she visits Bill's office and learns that Jackie is not pregnant. After Wanda tells Vern about the "triplets," the couple visits the Fletchers to offer their congratulations. An irate Herbert breaks his engagement, which angers Vern. After Jackie leaves the Fletcher house, Bill, who knows that Jackie wants Vern back, sends him after her. While Wanda fixes her attentions on a willing Herbert, Vern catches Jackie, and she decides to tell him the truth after their wedding. +

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