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Little Accident

Little Accident(1939)

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Tabby Morgan, the irresponsible widowed father of Baby Sandy, deposits his little charge at the office of Mrs. Teedsley, a baby care columnist. Unknown to Tabby, Mrs. Teedsley is actually a pseudonym for Herbert Pearson, who is in danger of losing his column. Luckily for Herbert, his boss, Jeff Collins, has a change of heart when he sees little Sandy in his office, and assuming that the infant is Herbert's granddaughter, he suggests entering her in the perfect baby contest. Desperate to keep his job, Herbert convinces his daughter Alice, a model, to pose as the baby's mother and his friend, Perry Allerton, scion of a railroad magnate, to act as Sandy's father. Eager to save Herbert's job, they agree to the ruse, and little Sandy wins the contest. When Perry's socialite parents read about their "grandchild," they beg Alice to marry their son and thus avert a scandal. Alice refuses to marry Perry, however, because of rumors of his impending engagement to debutante Joan Huston. When Perry's parents threaten to sue for Sandy's custody unless Alice marries their son, Alice blithely hands the baby over to them. Soon afterward, Tabby returns to visit his daughter, and Herbert takes him to the Allerton house, where Joan discovers that he is Sandy's real father. Threatening to tell the story to the papers, Joan takes Tabby and the baby to a hotel, where Sandy falls down the laundry shoot and is picked up by a laundry truck. Learning of Sandy's peril, Alice, Perry and Herbert rush to the laundry and pull Sandy from a laundry sack in the nick of time. By the time the reporters arrive, Alice and Perry have reconciled and have decided to marry, appointing Sandy maid of honor at their wedding.