The First Time (1952 film)

The First Time is a 1952 American comedy-drama film directed by Frank Tashlin and starring Robert Cummings and Barbara Hale.[1]

The First Time
Directed byFrank Tashlin
Produced byHarold Hecht
Screenplay byJean Rouverol
Hugo Butler
Frank Tashlin
Dane Lussier
Based on(Based on a Story)
Jean Rouverol
Hugo Butler
StarringRobert Cummings
Barbara Hale
Narrated byStuffy Singer
Music byFriedrich Hollaender
CinematographyErnest Laszlo
Edited byViola Lawrence
Norma Productions
Halburt Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • January 31, 1952 (1952-01-31)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States


Expectant parents Joe (Robert Cummings) and Betsy (Barbara Hale) Bennett are anxiously await the arrival of their new baby. Then, after the baby arrives, they discover the other side of parenting: sleepless nights, mounting expenses, and little free time.



The film was originally called Small Wonder. It was produced by Halburt, the production company of Harold Hecht and Burt Lancaster. It was originally to have starred Larry Parks but he was ruled unavailable because of possible future appearances in front of the House of Un-American Activities Committee. Robert Cummings stepped in instead. His co star was Barbara Hale, making her first appearance after the birth of her son William Katt. Filming started April 1951.[2]|Filming started 4 June 1951.[3]


  1. ^ "FIRST TIME", The Monthly Film Bulletin London Vol. 19, Iss. 216, (Jan 1, 1952): 50.
  2. ^ "Drama: Barbara Hale 'Small Wonder' Star". Los Angeles Times. 12 Apr 1951. p. B11.
  3. ^ SAM ZOLOTOW. (Apr 13, 1951). "OVERHEAD FORCES 'JULIET' TO LEAVE". New York Times. p. 20.

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