Unexpected Father (1939)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Run Time - 73 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Unexpected Father was designed as a showcase for Universal's infant "star" Baby Sandy (Sandy was a girl, but she played a boy here). Dancer Dennis O'Keefe resigns himself to being stuck with his late partner's baby, but when trying to adopt a child he faces a tough court custody battle. Lovely Shirley Ross is the other applicant, so figure out the ending yourself. The highlight in Unexpected Father is a tense process-screen sequence wherein Sandy toddles around a high skyscraper ledge. Mischa Auer, who'd played a comic doorman in the previous Baby Sandy film East Side of Heaven, repeats the role for Unexpected Father.



bachelor, father, adoption, baby, child, custody-battle, court [law]