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> I just saw the 1942 film BLONDIE'S BLESSED EVENT, and to my surprise the
> nine months pregnant Blondie looked like the unpregnant version.  It
> began me thinking about pregnant images in film.  Can anyone cite early
> images of pregnant women in both American and international movies?
 
     The first use of the word "pregnant" was in a film "Apartment for
Peggy," and was uttered by Jeanne Crain.  It was made in 1948 and starred
Crain, William Holden, and Edmund Gwenn.  I don't have a director on it.
 
     The most striking example is Mrs. Mallory in "Stagecoach," who
has a baby in a cantina with the smallest waistline in pregnancy history.
 
Gerald Forshey
Humanities and Philosophy
Richard J. Daley College
City Colleges of Chicago
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