Cast & Crew
Kitty Reilly and Lena Marchetti meet at an audition and get off to a bad start when Kitty's dance interferes with Lena's singing and she is asked to leave. Later, Kitty is dismayed to find that the roommate her kindly landlady has found for her is none other than the accident prone Lena. When Kitty is accepted into nursing school some time later, she discovers to her horror that Lena also has been accepted and will be her roommate for the next three years. Finally resigned to her fate, Kitty agrees to be Lena's best friend as well as "guardian." Stranded outside of New York one afternoon, they are given a ride back to town by Detective Emory Littleworth, who becomes Lena's boyfriend, and his pal, reporter Scoops Hanford, who becomes Kitty's boyfriend. One evening, while attending a night club, they watch the famous night club dancing team of Tony Cortez and Yvonne, who are secretly married. After Tony and Yvonne fight, Yvonne rushes out and Scoops and Emory follow her to get a story, leaving the girls, who wind up washing dishes to pay for their check because Lena doesn't understand that Scoops was supposed to receive a complimentary dinner. Several months later, Yvonne, shows up in the maternity ward of Lena and Kitty's hospital. Though she denies her identity at first, the girls recognize her but agree to keep her secret. When they finally convince her to tell Tony about the baby, they offer to babysit while she goes to see him. They want to hide the infant in the nursery, but have difficulty getting away from the head nurse. Meanwhile, Scoops and Emory go to see the girls and, when Emory sees Kitty in a hospital bed holding the baby, he thinks that she is the mother. A few minutes later, Scoops sees Lena in bed with the baby and thinks she's the mother. In the confusion, the boys are caught in the maternity ward by the staff who think they're crazy. At the night club, Yvonne tries to tell Tony, but he won't listen to her. When Kitty and Lena arrive with the baby, Kitty finally manages to enlighten him and he rushes to Yvonne. On stage, he tells the audience about Yvonne and the baby and invites the girls to be his guests for dinner. The boys, who think that Tony is the father of either Kitty or Lena's baby, stop the show and announce a wedding, but when they learn who the real mother is, they try to smooth things with the irate manager by proposing to the girls. While the audience showers them with flowers, Kitty and Lena are not at all happy about this new turn of events.
Jimmie Grier's Orchestra
The Rhythm Rascals
The Avalon Boys
William Henry Phen
W. B. Delaplain
Pat C. Flick
Arthur I. Royce
W. L. Stevens
Nobody's Baby marked the first and only time that Patsy Kelly and Lyda Roberti were paired as a team in a feature film. Kelly had previously appeared with actress Thelma Todd in several popular comedy shorts for Hal Roach. However, when Todd died unexpectedly in 1935, Roach and Kelly needed to find a replacement, eventually settling on quirky Polish-born Lyda Roberti. The talented comediennes played well off each other and made two successful shorts together for Roach in 1936, At Sea Ashore and Hill-Tillies, before starring in the feature length Nobody's Baby.
Any long-term potential that Patsy Kelly and Lyda Roberti exhibited as a comedy team was sadly cut short when Roberti died suddenly of a heart attack shortly after the release of Nobody's Baby. The film stands as an enjoyable testament to the unique talents of two comediennes with very different styles that complimented one another quite nicely.
Producer: Hal Roach (uncredited)
Director: Gus Meins
Screenplay: Pat C. Flick, Harold Law, Hal Yates (writers)
Cinematography: Norbert Brodine
Art Direction: Arthur I. Royce
Music: Marvin Hatley
Film Editing: Ray Snyder
Cast: Patsy Kelly (Kitty Reilly), Lyda Roberti (Lena Marchetti), Lynne Overman (Det. Lt. Emory Littleworth), Robert Armstrong (Scoops Hanford), Rosina Lawrence (Yvonne Cortez), Don Alvarado (Tony Cortez), Jimmie Grier (Himself), Tom Dugan (Bus Conductor), Orrin Burke (Maurice, Nightclub Owner), Dora Clement (Miss Margaret McKenzie).
by Andrea Passafiume
Although the film began production as Nobody's Baby, its working title was Change the Baby for a brief period. After concerns were raised by the Hays Office about the propriety of the new title, the original title was re-instated. Actor Chill Wills appeared in the film as a member of The Avalon Boys quartet. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, Lynne Overman was borrowed from Paramount for his role.