Produced and Directed by Charles
Written by Paul Yawitz and
From a play by Floyd Dell and Thomas
Released November 1, 1939
After 2 pictures as a
boy, Baby Sandy switches to her real feminine gender. Ignores original
play, mainly using its title. Picture displays cute smile and antics of
Baby Sandy, combining some elemental and slapstick comedy sequences by Hugh
Herbert and adult members of the cast, but all on a rather inconsequential story
that serves nothing more than as an excuse for the individual situations.
Story concerns the parental mix-up of the baby.
Ernst Truex, real father abandons, the child on desk of baby editor, Hugh
Herbert. To save his job, latter assumes grandparent supervision and turns
the baby over to his unwed daughter. From there on, it's a mélange of
tribulations for all concerned. Windup provides a slapsticky chase by the
principals after the baby, wrapped in a laundry bag and headed for the mangler.
Baby Sandy is now toddling and delivering a few words
in addition to regulation coos. Picture is episodic, displaying attempt to
piece together incidents to get through regulation footage for a feature.
Hugh Herbert Gives a standard portrayal as the adopted grandfather while Edgar
Kenney and Etienne Giradot are used for comedy sequences with Sandy.
Giardot catches several chuckles as salesman in a baby-wear shop.
Secondary romantic interest is supplied by Florence Rice and Richard Carlson,
with Ernest Truex appearing briefly for the climax. Anne Gwynne
appears in the film wearing an elegant gown.
Anne Gwynne ... the blonde Girl
Yawitz and Eve Greene-
Dell and Thomas Mitchell-
Frank Tuttle- Producer/Director
Milton Krasner- Cinematographer
Frank Gross- Editor
Tabby Morgan, the irresponsible widowed father of Baby Sandy,
deposits his little charge at the office of Mrs. Teedsley, a baby
care columnist. Unknown to Tabby, Mrs. Teedsley is actually a
pseudonym for Herbert Pearson, who is in danger of losing his
column. Luckily for Herbert, his boss, Jeff Collins, has a change
of heart when he sees little Sandy in his office, and assuming
that the infant is Herbert's granddaughter, he suggests entering
her in the perfect baby contest. Desperate to keep his job,
Herbert convinces his daughter Alice, a model, to pose as the
baby's mother and his friend, Perry Allerton, scion of a railroad
magnate, to act as Sandy's father. Eager to save Herbert's job,
they agree to the ruse, and little Sandy wins the contest.
Perry's socialite parents read about their "grandchild," they beg
Alice to marry their son and thus avert a scandal. Alice refuses
to marry Perry, however, because of rumors of his impending
engagement to debutante Joan Huston. When Perry's parents threaten
to sue for Sandy's custody unless Alice marries their son, Alice
blithely hands the baby over to them. Soon afterward, Tabby
returns to visit his daughter, and Herbert takes him to the Allerton house, where Joan discovers that he is Sandy's real
father. Threatening to tell the story to the papers, Joan takes
Tabby and the baby to a hotel, where Sandy falls down the laundry
shoot and is picked up by a laundry truck. Learning of Sandy's
peril, Alice, Perry and Herbert rush to the laundry and pull Sandy
from a laundry sack in the nick of time. By the time the reporters
arrive, Alice and Perry have reconciled and have decided to marry,
appointing Sandy maid of honor at their wedding.
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