My Heart Belongs to Daddy


1h 15m 1942

Film Details

Also Known As
Special Delivery, Washington Escapade
Release Date
Jan 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,743ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

On a snowy night, Alfred, a taxi driver and jack-of-all-trades, gets stuck in a snowdrift with his pregnant passenger, Joyce Carey Whitman. They take refuge nearby in R.I.C. "Rick" Kay's house, and when Joyce goes into labor, Alfred helps deliver the baby. Rick, a respected Nobel-prize winning astrophysicist and widower, is so stupefied by the turn of events that he gets drunk with Alfred and then is hard-pressed to explain to his returning mother- and sisters-in-law, Mrs. Saunders, Grace and Babs, who live with him, how Joyce and her baby got into their bedroom. The next day, Alfred is questioned at the cab company by Joyce's in-laws, a wealthy couple who claim custody of the newborn. Alfred, aware that Joyce wants to keep her child, sends them on a wild goose chase. He then learns that Joyce, a widow, is a former burlesque dancer and that the Whitmans are snobs who think Joyce is too low-class to rear their grandchild. Joyce uses a pseudonym and remains at Rick's house under the premise that she is too ill to be moved. When Rick's housekeeper quits because of the wet nurse's demands, Rick hires Alfred to be his house man. Although their relationship is purely innocent, Rick and Joyce soon fall in love and Grace, who has hopes of marrying Rick, becomes jealous. One night Rick and Joyce slip out of the house and go dancing, and their photograph appears in the newspaper the next day. The conservative university deans are shocked that Rick would appear in public with a "bubble" dancer and try to force him to resign until Alfred intervenes and outwits the deans using their own logic. Joyce, concerned for Rick's career, leaves with her baby, and Grace deviously alters her farewell note. Rick is hurt by the tone of the altered note and soon becomes engaged to the solicitous Grace. On Rick and Grace's wedding day, Joyce, who has returned to burlesque theater, bends to the will of her in-laws and agrees to sign the custody agreement. Alfred visits Rick before the ceremony and exposes Grace's treachery. Rick arrives backstage at the theater in time to propose to Joyce and prevent her from signing over her child. The Whitmans give up their case, seeing that Joyce will be well-married and their child will be provided for, and the lovers are reunited.

Film Details

Also Known As
Special Delivery, Washington Escapade
Release Date
Jan 1942
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 15m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,743ft (8 reels)

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Notes

The working titles of the film were Washington Escapade and Special Delivery. Although copyright records credit the infant son of actor Richard Carlson with portraying the baby in the film, CBCS lists Judith Anne Ballard in that role. Pre-production Hollywood Reporter news items indicate that Mary Martin was initially considered for the lead role, and that Anthony Veiller was slated to be the associate producer. Although the title was inspired by the Cole Porter song "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," made famous by Mary Martin, the song is not heard in this film.