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  • Actors: Deanna Durbin, Robert Cummings, Charles Laughton
  • Directors: Henry Koster
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 4 April 2011
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002WYS1S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,221 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Dying Millionaire Jonathan Reynolds has just one wish - to meet the woman that his son, Johnny, will marry. When he can't get hold of his real fiancee, Johnny 'borrows' a pretty young hatcheck girl named Anne Terry (Deanna Durbin) for his father to meet in her place. The ruse works - until the old man begins to recover! This Academy Award nominated film sees Deanna perform 'Tchaikovsky Waltz', 'Clavelitos' and 'Going Home.'

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "starlighthotel" on 19 Aug. 2005
Format: DVD
Deanna Durbin was always fabulous and on this outing has a nice script and fine support from Charles Laughton and Robert Cummings, making this one of her best. This film is warm, funny and delightful. Durban even gets to do a few beautiful songs that are worked into the story in a natural way. This is really a very funny comedy with many fine moments that will leave you smiling when it's over.

Jonathan Reynolds (Charles Laughton), an irracible, rich and socially prominent tycoon, is on his death bed. His son Jonathan Jr. (Robert Cummings) rushes home from Mexico with his new fiance Gloria (Margaret Tallichet) to see him before he dies, an event the papers can't wait for. But when the old man wants to meet young Jonathan's bride to be, she and her hideous mother have left the hotel to go shopping. A desparate Jonathan talks coat check girl Anne Terry (Deanna Durbin) into pretending to be Gloria for $50.00. It is money she needs for train fare back to Shelbyville because she is abandoning her dreams of singing stardom, which are going nowhere.

A teary eyed Anne has a warm and instant connection with old man Jonathan, who adores her and makes an unexpected recovery thanks to her charm and warmth. This causes complications for Jonathan, who has to catch Anne at the train station twice in order to keep the charade going! The interplay between the two as they start bickering about it is priceless. Even when the old man overhears them and knows the truth he goes along because he can see she's the right girl for his son Jonathan Jr., and the daughter-in-law he wants.

Of course, Jonathan Jr. still thinks he wants to marry the real Gloria and there is a subplot about a party which will be attended by Stokowski and Heifetz, friends of the old man.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nostalgia on 15 May 2012
Format: DVD
This was the first Deanna Durbin film I purchased and I highly recommend it for those wishing to see good, clean, old fashioned light-hearted romantic comedy performed by some familiar stars of the era with, especially, superb singing from Deanna. As previously related, this is the simple story of the consequences arising from deception, when a young man (Robert Cummings) brings home his "betrothed" to meet his dying father (Charles Laughton) - except that she is not his "betrothed" (who has actually disappeared on a shopping spree with her mother) - but a hotel cloak room check-in girl (Deanna Durbin) he has "borrowed" on a whim so as not to disappoint his father who, supposedly, only has hours to live. Naturally, the "borrowed" girl is an instant hit with father, who miraculously recovers, leading to all sorts of confusion and mischief.

What I like about these films is the mix of comedy, good acting and music and the lack of obscenities and violence. It seems to me a total tragedy that such a lovely, multi-talented star of the late 1930s and 40s as Deanna Durbin, has almost been forgotten, probably due to her decision to retire in 1949 when still very young, after becoming one of the biggest stars of the era, and it is difficult to imagine that she is now over 90 - yet another marvellous achievement!

There are very few stars to-day who could match her, and I am sure that if she had so wished, she could have gone on to make very many more films and recordings but, to those who remember, there is no doubt that she is a legend in her own lifetime.
I, for one, could watch her films and listen for hours to her impeccable singing which, I don't mind admitting, brings a lump to my throat.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "starlighthotel" on 2 May 2005
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Deanna Durbin was always fabulous and on this outing has a nice script and fine support from Charles Laughton and Robert Cummings, making this one of her best. This film is warm, funny and delightful. Durban even gets to do a few beautiful songs that are worked into the story in a natural way. This is really a very funny comedy with many fine moments that will leave you smiling when it's over.
Jonathan Reynolds (Charles Laughton), an irracible, rich and socially prominent tycoon, is on his death bed. His son Jonathan Jr. (Robert Cummings) rushes home from Mexico with his new fiance Gloria (Margaret Tallichet) to see him before he dies, an event the papers can't wait for. But when the old man wants to meet young Jonathan's bride to be, she and her hideous mother have left the hotel to go shopping. A desparate Jonathan talks coat check girl Anne Terry (Deanna Durbin) into pretending to be Gloria for $50.00. It is money she needs for train fare back to Shelbyville because she is abandoning her dreams of singing stardom, which are going nowhere.
A teary eyed Anne has a warm and instant connection with old man Jonathan, who adores her and makes an unexpected recovery thanks to her charm and warmth. This causes complications for Jonathan, who has to catch Anne at the train station twice in order to keep the charade going! The interplay between the two as they start bickering about it is priceless. Even when the old man overhears them and knows the truth he goes along because he can see she's the right girl for his son Jonathan Jr., and the daughter-in-law he wants.
Of course, Jonathan Jr. still thinks he wants to marry the real Gloria and there is a subplot about a party which will be attended by Stokowski and Heifetz, friends of the old man. Anne may finally get her chance to be noticed.
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