Father Is a Bachelor (1950)

83 mins | Comedy-drama | February 1950

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
4 Mar 1950.
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Daily Variety
10 Feb 50
p. 3.
Film Daily
14 Feb 50
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
22 May 50
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
11 Feb 50
p. 186, 189
New York Times
23 Feb 50
p. 33.
Variety
15 Feb 50
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
An S. Sylvan Simon Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd eng
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hair styles
SOURCES
SONGS
"Wait 'Til the Sun Shines Nellie," words Andrew B. Sterling, music Harry von Tilzer
"The Big Rock Candy Mountain," traditional folk song
"MacNamara's Band," words John J. Stamford, music Shamus O'Connor
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SONGS
"Wait 'Til the Sun Shines Nellie," words Andrew B. Sterling, music Harry von Tilzer
"The Big Rock Candy Mountain," traditional folk song
"MacNamara's Band," words John J. Stamford, music Shamus O'Connor
"Love's Old Sweet Song," words by G. Clifton Bingham, music by James Lyman Molloy
"In the Gloaming," words and music by Annie Fortesque Harrison and Meta Orred.
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DETAILS
Release Date:
February 1950
Production Date:
28 August--8 October 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 February 1950
Copyright Number:
LP2905
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
83
Length(in feet):
7,582
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14129
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After Professor Mordecai Ford, the manager of a minstrel and medicine show, is arrested in a small Southern town, singer Johnny Rutledge waits for his release. In the meantime, Johnny meets May Chalotte, a little girl, and her brothers, January, February, and twin sisters, March and April. He quickly learns that the children's parents are dead. Jan explains that only he and Feb, the two oldest, know the truth and that they have not told anyone else for fear of being sent to an orphanage. Although Jan invites Johnny to stay with them, Johnny has no intention of being tied down. The next day, however, Johnny runs into Jan in town and ends up helping the boy cut wood. After Johnny accidentally burns May's only dress, he promises to make her another but, as he does not know how to sew, the dress is a failure. He then wakes the storekeeper and buys May a new dress with a gold watch that is his only remaining possession from his days running a paper mill. Later, Johnny returns to the cabin with food supplies, a shotgun for Jan and a new harmonica for Feb. Soon, however, the townspeople grow concerned about the children, and Prudence Millett visits to ask why the children have not been to school. Claiming to be the children's uncle, Johnny buys them new shoes and sends them to school. Then, after Jeffrey Gilland, a wealthy tobacco plantation owner, insults the twins, Johnny brawls with him and knocks him into the river. Gilland swears out a complaint against Johnny, which will be tried before Prudence's father, the judge. After ... +


After Professor Mordecai Ford, the manager of a minstrel and medicine show, is arrested in a small Southern town, singer Johnny Rutledge waits for his release. In the meantime, Johnny meets May Chalotte, a little girl, and her brothers, January, February, and twin sisters, March and April. He quickly learns that the children's parents are dead. Jan explains that only he and Feb, the two oldest, know the truth and that they have not told anyone else for fear of being sent to an orphanage. Although Jan invites Johnny to stay with them, Johnny has no intention of being tied down. The next day, however, Johnny runs into Jan in town and ends up helping the boy cut wood. After Johnny accidentally burns May's only dress, he promises to make her another but, as he does not know how to sew, the dress is a failure. He then wakes the storekeeper and buys May a new dress with a gold watch that is his only remaining possession from his days running a paper mill. Later, Johnny returns to the cabin with food supplies, a shotgun for Jan and a new harmonica for Feb. Soon, however, the townspeople grow concerned about the children, and Prudence Millett visits to ask why the children have not been to school. Claiming to be the children's uncle, Johnny buys them new shoes and sends them to school. Then, after Jeffrey Gilland, a wealthy tobacco plantation owner, insults the twins, Johnny brawls with him and knocks him into the river. Gilland swears out a complaint against Johnny, which will be tried before Prudence's father, the judge. After the professor is released from jail, he offers to defend Johnny, but the judge disqualifies himself and the trial is postponed until the traveling judge arrives. In the meantime, Prudence posts Johnny's bond. Impressed by Feb's harmonica playing, Prudence offers Johnny a job working on her farm and gives the family a cow. Then Johnny is offered another job singing and waiting tables on Sunday at Jericho Schlosser's café. Plato Cassin, Gilland's lawyer, who is in love with Prudence, tells Johnny that he knows that the children's parents are dead and then suggests that he marry one of his elderly sisters, Genevieve and Adelaide, and rear the children in their house. Plato threatens to turn the children in if Johnny refuses, then tells Prudence the truth about the children's parents and implies that Johnny is taking care of the children in order to catch a rich wife. To save the children, Johnny agrees to Plato's scheme, and the following day, Prudence announces her engagement to Plato. A disillusioned Johnny tells the professor that he will leave town with him, but May overhears and arranges a going-away party for him. Meanwhile, Johnny dissuades Gilland's young son from running away. At the party, a grateful Gilland drops his charges against Johnny, and Prudence suggests that Johnny marry her, instead of Plato's sister Adelaide. Johnny tells Adelaide that he loves Prudence, and the two women flip a coin for him, using what Johnny believes is his two-headed coin. Prudence wins the toss, and Johnny later learns that she did not use the special coin, but won him honestly. +

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