Room for One More (film)

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Room for One More
Room for one more poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Norman Taurog
Produced by Henry Blanke
Screenplay by Jack Rose
Melville Shavelson
Based on Room for One More
1950 book
by Anna Perrott Rose
Starring Cary Grant
Betsy Drake
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Robert Burks
Edited by Alan Crosland, Jr.
Distributed by Warner Brothers
Release date
  • January 10, 1952 (1952-01-10)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,079,000[1]
Box office $2.75 million (US)[2]

Room for One More is a 1952 comedy-drama film starring Cary Grant and directed by Norman Taurog. In 1962 the film became the basis for a short-lived television series with a different cast, Room for One More.


Anna (Betsy Drake) visits an orphanage and decides to foster a child. Jane, a very unhappy 13-year-old, moves in with her, her engineer husband, "Poppy" Rose (Cary Grant), and her three children. Later, 12-year-old orphan Jimmy-John, who walks with an orthopedic disability, also moves in with them. Setbacks occur as the children struggle with acceptance by their new siblings. A boy's snobby mother forbids him to take Jane to a formal school dance, but she attends anyhow, wearing a new gown, and is very popular there. Jimmy-John smashes his new bicycle in frustration, feeling that his new siblings are not accepting him. It is discovered that he can barely read, and must be tutored by Anna. He is caught at voyeurism. Poppy seriously considers returning the two adoptees to the orphanage. However, all these setbacks are overcome and the two new children become full members of the family. Jimmy-John makes a difficult hike alone in the snow to fulfill a Scouting requirement. At a school PTA meeting, Anna makes a speech to parents on the rewards of adopting older children. The story ends with Jimmy-John receiving his highly-coveted Eagle Scout medal at a Court of Honor ceremony.



  1. ^ Michael A. Hoey, Elvis' Favorite Director: The Amazing 52-Film Career of Norman Taurog, Bear Manor Media 2013
  2. ^ 'Top Box-Office Hits of 1952', Variety, January 7, 1953

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