Published on June 24, 2016
Rock-A-Bye Baby is a 1958 comedy film with songs, starring Jerry Lewis. A loose remake of Preston Sturges’ 1944 film The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek, the film was directed and written byFrank Tashlin, and features Marilyn Maxwell, Connie Stevens and Reginald Gardiner.
Clayton Poole (Jerry Lewis) is a small-town TV repairman whose former sweetheart, Carla Naples (Marilyn Maxwell), is now a famous movie star. Carla marries a Mexican bullfighter and becomes pregnant; her husband dies the day after the wedding. Her agent, Harold Herman (Reginald Gardiner) tries to avoid a scandal by sending Carla back to the town where she grew up. The cover story is that she is going into seclusion to prepare for her next role, the lead in the religious epic The White Virgin of the Nile. Carla turns to Clayton for help, and he agrees to care for the child once it is born.
Carla gives birth to triplets, and Clayton discovers that he has to be married before he can adopt them. He marries Carla’s younger sister, Sandy (Connie Stevens), who is in love with him. The press learns that the triplets are Carla’s, and Carla tells reporters that she and Clayton are secretly married. Now suspected of bigamy, Clayton goes into hiding with the triplets.
Nine months later, Sandy gives birth to quintuplets. A statue of Clayton and his five babies is erected in front of the town courthouse.