Unexpected Father


1h 18m 1939

Brief Synopsis

Jimmy Hanley (Dennis O'Keefe) learns that his former dancing partner has been killed, leaving a baby boy Sandy (Sandra Lee Henville as Baby Sandy), so he takes the baby to live with him and his roommate Boris Bebenko (Mischa Auer). Theatre manager Allen Rand (Donald Briggs) threatens to fire Jimmy for neglecting his work, but Jimmy's girlfriend Diana (Shirley Ross) squares things by going to dinner with Rand over Jimmy's objections. Sandy catches measles and the quarantine causes Jimmy and Boris to miss a big audition.

Film Details

Also Known As
Bachelor's Baby, Sandy Takes a Bow
Release Date
Jul 14, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 18m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

Synopsis

Jimmy Hanley, an usher and part time entertainer, feels responsible when his former dance partner and her husband die tragically in an auto accident, leaving their youngster Sandy all alone. Consequently, when the baby's uncle, Ed Stone, balks at assuming responsibility for the child, Jimmy, his sweetheart, chorine Diana Donovan, and his roommate Boris Bebenko decide to care for Sandy even though they know nothing about child rearing. Sandy's presence produces arguments between Jimmy and Diana, who believes that Jimmy is too irresponsible. All three are employed at the theater, and so one night, when they all have to be at work, Jimmy hides Sandy on a chair, which turns out to be a throne in one of the musical comedy numbers. When the curtains rise and reveal Sandy, the audience goes wild, thus infuriating theater manager Allen Rand, who fires Jimmy. Reading of Sandy's newfound popularity, Ed Stone senses that money is to be made, and so petitions for custody of the child. The case is brought to court where the judge rules against the Stones and commits Sandy to an orphanage. To save Sandy from the orphanage, the practical Diana accepts Rand's marriage proposal and the pair drive to Connecticut to be wed. Meanwhile, Jimmy is called to the orphanage,where a despondent Sandy refuses to eat, and when the child makes a miraculous recovery at Jimmy's appearance, the officials decide to let him adopt Sandy. Learning of Jimmy's good news, Diana's friend Peg convinces Jimmy that Diana is marrying Rand only to adopt Sandy, and Jimmy races to Connecticut, stops the wedding and decides to marry Diana himself.

Film Details

Also Known As
Bachelor's Baby, Sandy Takes a Bow
Release Date
Jul 14, 1939
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 18m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

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Notes

The working titles of this picture were Sandy Takes a Bow and Bachelor's Baby. According to the Variety review, it was rushed into production to capitalize on Baby Sandy's successful appearance with Bing Crosby in East Side of Heaven. Sandy's popularity prompted Universal to initiate a "Baby Sandy" series. This was the first of six pictures in the Universal series, which ended in 1941 with the film Melody Lane. For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index. Although the onscreen credits attribute original screenplay to Leonard Spiegelgass and Charles Grayson, the copyright records originally credited Spiegelgass with original story. The Variety review incorrectly lists Anne Gwynne as Sally, Dorothy Arnold as Beulah and Anne Nagle as Kitty. News items in Hollywood Reporter note that Dennis O'Keefe was borrowed from M-G-M and Shirley Ross from Paramount for this film. Sandy Lee's full name was Sandra Lee Henville.