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Rock-a-Bye Baby (1958)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 23 July 1958 (USA)
An average television repairman must care for the newborn triplets of his former hometown sweetheart, now a famous movie star, so her career will not suffer.

Director:

Frank Tashlin

Writers:

Frank Tashlin (screen story and screenplay), Preston Sturges (screenplay "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jerry Lewis ... Clayton Poole
Marilyn Maxwell ... Carla Naples
Reginald Gardiner ... Harold Hermann
Salvatore Baccaloni Salvatore Baccaloni ... Gigi 'Papa' Naples (as Baccaloni)
Hans Conried ... Mr. Wright
Isobel Elsom ... Mrs. Van Cleeve
James Gleason ... Doc Simpkins
Ida Moore ... Miss Bessie Polk
Gary Lewis Gary Lewis ... Young Clayton
Hope Emerson ... Mrs. Rogers
Alex Gerry ... Judge Jenkins
Mary Treen ... Nurse
Judy Franklin Judy Franklin ... Young Carla Naples
Connie Stevens ... Sandra Naples
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Sanders ... Danny Poole (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

About the only thing kept in this film from Preston Sturges original story for "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" is a girl that gets drunk, gets married, gets pregnant and doesn't even remember any of it. A major difference is that "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" was a classic comedy and "Rock-a-Bye Baby" isn't. This time out, Clayton Poole is a small town TV repairman who is still in love with his former hometown sweetheart, Carla Naples, who is now a famous movie queen. When Carla becomes pregnant due to a hasty marriage in Mexico, which she has forgotten about, the studio tells her a baby will ruin her career so she turns to Clayton, the only person she can trust, and he agrees to care for the baby when it is born. Carla gives birth to triplets and Clayton finds he must get married before he can adopt them. He marries Sandy, Carla's younger sister who has always loved him. The press learns about Carla's triplets and she tells reporters she is secretly married to Clayton. Clayton, ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Loaded with SONGS! Loaded with LAUGHS! Loaded with TECHNICOLOR! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Babysitter See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Was re-released on a double bill with Don't Give Up the Ship (1959) in 1963. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Wright: After all, as chairman of the City Council my main function is to obstruct the due process of the law.
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Connections

Remake of The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1943) See more »

Soundtracks

Dormi-Dormi-Dormi (Sleep-Sleep-Sleep)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Sung by Salvatore Baccaloni and Jerry Lewis
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One of Jerry's more enjoyable romps.
9 May 2003 | by gregcoutureSee all my reviews

I have to admit I've never been a rabid Jerry Lewis fan (even with a French last name, I can't join some of my relatives on the Continent in idolizing him), but, in looking back, I've seen more of his movies than I might have preferred. This one, though, was a lot of fun, possibly because it was a delightfully vulgar remake of a Preston Sturges classic.

The VistaVision/Technicolor production values are first-class; the supporting cast is able to withstand Jerry's frantic goofiness (especially Marilyn Maxwell, who gets to perform the wacked-out production number, "White Virgin of the Nile," and Ida Moore as Jerry's elderly landlady, avidly and simultaneously consuming every product being advertised on the TV she is constantly watching); and Frank Tashlin's direction pilots Jerry through the plot's crazy machinations with just the right touch of cartoon-like unreality.

If you're a Lewis fan, it's a must-see; if you aren't you may still find it an enjoyable way to spend a mindless 103 minutes.


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