In this 1937 comedy In this 1937 comedy with music, Deanna Durbin persuades world-famous conductor Leopold Stokowki to conduct an orchestra of 100 unemployed musicians that includes her trombonist father, played by Adolphe Menjou.
We see the opening credits, during which Stokowski conducts a much abridged with music, Deanna Durbin persuades world-famous conductor Leopold Stokowki to conduct an orchestra of 100 unemployed musicians that includes her trombonist father, played by Adolphe Menjou.
We see the opening credits, during which Stokowski conducts a much abridged Tchaikovsky 5th Symphony finale, and the closing scene where the unemployed musicians and Deanna bring the movie to a close with a delightfully spontaneous and unrehearsed Verdi number.
(With acknowledgements to the DVD release in 'The Deanna Durbin Collection.')
Deanna Durbin with Alleluia
Reclusive former 1930s star Deanna Durbin, who became one of America's highest paid actresses, dies aged 91
Deanna Durbin, a singing child movie star of the 1930s, who became one of the world's highest paid actresses before turning her back on stardom, has died at the age of 91.
Her son Peter H. David was quoted as telling The Deanna Durbin Society newsletter that the actress died 'a few days ago', thanking her admirers for respecting her privacy.
No other details were given.
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Passed away: Deanna Durbin, a singing child movie star of the 1930s, who became one of the world's highest paid actresses before turning her back on stardom, has died at the age of 91
The actress was born Edna Mae Durbin in Winnipeg, Canada, but moved to California with her British-born parents when she was young.
She broke into the film industry in 1936, aged 14, when she appeared in Every Sunday with Judy Garland, according to her biography on the IMDb film website.
She made her name playing the ideal teenage daughter in Three Smart Girls in 1936 and in its profitable follow-up the next year, One Hundred Men and a Girl, which was credited with saving Universal studios from bankruptcy.
Capitalising on her fame, Universal cast Durbin in a series of musical movies including That Certain Age and Mad About Music, which made the actress with the sweet soprano voice into one of Hollywood's most popular stars.
Durbin shared a special Juvenile Award with Mickey Rooney at the 1938 Oscars for their 'significant contribution in bringing to the screen the spirit and personification of youth'.
Highest paid: Durbin, seen here in William A. Seiter's film It's a Date, was once one of America's highest paid actresses
At age 25, Durbin was the second highest-paid woman in America behind her fellow actress Bette Davis, according to the New York Times, and her fan club ranked as the world's largest during her active years.
But Durbin found fame hard to handle and despite trying to move on from her image as the perfect daughter with films such as Christmas Holiday (1944) and Lady on a Train (1945), she walked away from stardom aged about 28.
'I couldn't go on forever being Little Miss Fixit who burst into song,' she once said.
From 1949 she stayed out of the limelight, moving to France with her third husband, French director Charles David.
She gave only one interview in the following decades and rejected all offers of a comeback.
Her husband died in 1999.
Notable roles: Durbin starred in 100 Men And A Girl (One Hundred Men And A Girl), alongside Adolphe Menjou and Mischa Auer in 1937