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      Bundle of Joy

      Released Dec 12, 1956 1h 38m Musical Comedy List
      Reviews 65% Audience Score 250+ Ratings When department store clerk Polly Parish (Debbie Reynolds) finds an abandoned baby, she unwittingly falls victim to her gossip-crazed coworkers. Even store owner John Merlin (Adolphe Menjou) assumes the baby is hers, and then goes so far as to demand that his son Dan (Eddie Fisher) step in and "do the right thing." Caught up in the moment -- and eager to spend time with the hunky younger Merlin -- Parish plays along. As Parish and Dan grow closer, she struggles to keep the truth from him. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Moira Walsh America Magazine Two decades ago the complications growing out of this situation may have been funny. Now they seem too contrived and tasteless for comfort, though the picture's two principals are appealing and competent and the baby is enchanting. Jul 15, 2021 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine A mildly diverting comedy, the first screen teaming of Debbie Reynolds with her real-life husband, singer Eddie Fisher. They are a likable pair, but the plot at their disposal seemed funnier in 1939... Oct 29, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Sarah W Bundle of Joy is nothing more than a great remake to Bachelor Mother. Debbie Reynolds has done her best for this phenomenal 1956 remake Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/09/23 Full Review Tom M Remake that's not quite as good as original 'Bachelor Mother' with Ginger Rogers and David Niven but entertaining nevertheless. Fisher isn't bad but Reynolds just keeps you watching. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 12/24/20 Full Review Frances H The producers took the plot of what was a great comedy from Hollywood's Golden Age and made it into a musical with a leading man who had nothing of David Niven's charm, but a decent singing voice, filled it with a lot of very forgettable songs, took out all the comedy and wit of the out of the superior acting ability of the cast, especially the wonderful performance of Ginger Rodgers and her deadpan humor, and they came up with this mess of a movie! No wonder it was a box-office bomb! Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/05/21 Full Review steve d Really cute film sure to entertain. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Painful attempt at comedy where absolutely nothing works. The script is among the worst that I've seen from the 1950's. The characters behave in ways that only characters in a poor written plotted show would act. The sprinkling of songs are just as unmemorable. Poor Eddie Fisher should stick to singing only. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/09/23 Full Review ashley h Bundle of Joy is a decent film. It is about an over-eager clerk in a large department store who finds an adorable baby on the steps of the foundling home and the folks inside mistake her for the mother. Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher give good performances. The screenplay is enjoyable but a little slow in places. Norman Taurog did an alright job directing this movie. I liked this motion picture because of the humor and music. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis When department store clerk Polly Parish (Debbie Reynolds) finds an abandoned baby, she unwittingly falls victim to her gossip-crazed coworkers. Even store owner John Merlin (Adolphe Menjou) assumes the baby is hers, and then goes so far as to demand that his son Dan (Eddie Fisher) step in and "do the right thing." Caught up in the moment -- and eager to spend time with the hunky younger Merlin -- Parish plays along. As Parish and Dan grow closer, she struggles to keep the truth from him.
      Director
      Norman Taurog
      Producer
      Edmund Grainger
      Screenwriter
      Norman Krasna, Robert Carson, Arthur Sheekman
      Production Co
      RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
      Genre
      Musical, Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Dec 12, 1956, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2013
      Runtime
      1h 38m
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