Bundle of Joy

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For the jazz album, see Bundle of Joy (album).
Bundle of Joy
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Norman Taurog
Produced by Edmund Grainger
Written by Robert Carson
Norman Krasna
Arthur Sheekman
Felix Jackson (story)
Starring Eddie Fisher
Debbie Reynolds
Adolphe Menjou
Music by Hugo Winterhalter
Walter Scharf[1]
Cinematography William E. Snyder
Edited by Harry Marker
Distributed by RKO Pictures
Release dates
  • December 19, 1956 (1956-12-19) (US)[2]
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Bundle of Joy (1956) is a Technicolor musical remake of the comedy film Bachelor Mother (1939), which starred Ginger Rogers. It stars Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, and Adolphe Menjou. An unmarried salesgirl at a department store finds and takes care of an abandoned baby. Much confusion results when her co-workers assume the child is hers and that the father is the son of the store owner.



Music by Josef Myrow and lyrics by Mack Gordon;

  • Bundle of Joy
  • All About Love
  • Some Day Soon
  • I Never Felt This Way Before
  • Worry About Tomorrow
  • Lullaby in Blue


Carrie Fisher tells the story in her memoir and subsequent documentary film Wishful Drinking (2010) that Reynolds was pregnant with her during production of this film.

During production, director Norman Taurog was in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. Very little was known about the illness at the time, so Debbie Reynolds and the rest of the cast and crew "just coped with" his unexplained memory losses and constant repeated instructions.[3]

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  1. ^ http://www.afi.com/members/catalog/DetailView.aspx?s=&Movie=51773
  2. ^ "Bundle of Joy: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ Reynolds, Debbie (2013). Unsinkable: A Memoir. HarperCollins Publishers. p. 230. ISBN 978-0-06-221365-5. 

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