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The First Time (1952)

Expectant parents Joe and Betsy Bennett anxiously await the arrival of their new baby. Then after the baby arrives, they discover the unpleasant side of parenting: sleepless nights, extra ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Tashlin

Writers:

Hugo Butler (screenplay), Hugo Butler (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Robert Cummings ... Joe Bennet
Barbara Hale ... Betsey Bennet
Bill Goodwin ... Mel Gilbert
Jeff Donnell ... Donna Gilbert
Carl Benton Reid ... Andrew Bennet
Mona Barrie ... Cassie Mayhew
Kathleen Comegys Kathleen Comegys ... Florence Bennet
Paul Harvey ... Leeming
Cora Witherspoon ... Nurse Salisbury
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Diana Dawson Diana Dawson ... Bit Role
Stuffy Singer Stuffy Singer ... As the baby - he narrated the movie (voice)
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Storyline

Expectant parents Joe and Betsy Bennett anxiously await the arrival of their new baby. Then after the baby arrives, they discover the unpleasant side of parenting: sleepless nights, extra bills and no more free time. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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She's going to have a baby ... and the heir is too apparent! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Small Wonder See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Larry Parks was originally slated for the male lead until he was blacklisted following his testimony before the House Unamerican Activities Committee, during which he admitted to having once been a member of the Communist Party but declined to name names. See more »

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Another forgotten gem!
27 May 2010 | by girvsjointSee all my reviews

Without going over the plot again, the other reviewers have covered that adequately, I'd just like to say that any comedy with Robert Cummings in the lead is worth a look, as in my opinion he was in the top 5 of all screen comedy actors, along with the likes of Grant, MacMurray,Niven etc. A fine dramatic actor also, but comedy was his forte! 'The First Time' was made around the time Cummings moved into television, and along with another film he made around that time called 'Marry Me Again', has been largely forgotten, which is a pity, as they are both very funny films, and far more deserving of a new life on DVD, than many that have been granted that status! If you get a chance to see it, or, can find a 'bootleg' copy, as I did, you won't be disappointed!


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