The Bachelor Father

The Bachelor Father is a 1931 American pre-Code MGM drama film directed by Robert Z. Leonard. The film stars Marion Davies, Ralph Forbes and C. Aubrey Smith.

The Bachelor Father
Directed byRobert Z. Leonard
Produced byMarion Davies, Robert Z. Leonard
Written byEdward Childs Carpenter (play), Laurence E. Johnson
StarringMarion Davies
CinematographyOliver T. Marsh
Edited byHarry Reynolds
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • January 10, 1931 (1931-01-10)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States


Ageing English bachelor Sir Basil Winterton (C. Aubrey Smith) suddenly has his hands full when his three grown (illegitimate) children return. Tony (Marion Davies) is a sharp tongued New Yorker, Maria is an aspiring opera singer and John Ashley (Ray Milland) is the son.

Tony and Basil grow fond of each other, as do Tony and Ashley, but Sir Basil's lawyer strikes when Tony learns that she is not really the daughter of Sir Basil. Sir Basil soon learns of the mistake and confronts Tony. She leaves Basil's estate and on flying back to the United States her plane crashes on take-off as Sir Basil reads a telegram that Tony sent before she boarded the plane. It explained that she loved him very much and she was sorry for what had happened.

Luckily Tony has survived the disaster and is carried into Sir Basil's living room to rest by Ashley. The film ends happily with Sir Basil promising to adopt Tony and Ashley promising to make her his wife.

Cast (in credits order)

Foreign Language Version

One foreign language version was produced by MGM in French and was entitled Le père célibataire. It was released in 1931 and starred Lili Damita.


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