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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Durbin Film, 8 April 2005
This review is from: Because Of Him [VHS] (VHS Tape)
The always wonderful Deanna Durbin turns this mix of comedy and music into delightful and charming fun. It was the second time she and Charles Laughton would work together, leaving us a memory of what makes the movies great. Durbin once more exudes that something special that made her the great star she was.
Kim Walker (Deanna Durbin) is a waitress trying to get her big break on stage and with a letter of introduction from the great John Sheridan (Charles Laughton) she might just have found it. The letter, of course, was simply an autograph Kim managed to get before Sheridan goes fishing in Maine. The author of the play (Franchot Tone) doesn't want her in it, even though she sets his heart in motion. When Sheridan returns earlier than expected and gets it all figured out the film really comes to life.
Laughton and Durbin are wonderful together as he feels sorry for her and she begins to win over the wise old Sheridan. When both Sheridan and Paul Taylor (Tone) mistakenly think their dismissal of her has brought her to the brink of suicide they begin to come around. Kim has fallen in love with Taylor and once again the wise old Sheridan will maneuver events on stage and off to bring about a happy ending for his sweet and talented protege from North Dakota.
Durbin's spirit makes this one of her best films before walking away from Hollywood forever. Laughton teaches her how to faint and what becomes their routine of placing her head on his shoulder as he escorts her out the door is fun. Her chasing around Tone singing "Goodbye" as he tries to shake her is fun as well. She also gets to sing the most sentimental and beautiful version of "Danny Boy" you'll ever hear in this light comedy classic.

This is a fun time at the movies, especially for Deanna Durbin fans. She made the transition gracefully from child musical star and became a wonderful light comedic actress who exuded charm and sincerity in all her roles. There has not been, and never will be, anyone to replace her. She was lovely to look at, enchanting to watch, and her soprano voice was heavenly to hear. "Because of Him" is just further evidence that Deanna Durbin truly was the Last Rose of Summer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars vhs video Because of him, 30 Jan 2011
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an excellant film from the 1940s not quite what we expect from todays standards but ideal if you like old romantic films
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5.0 out of 5 stars Because of Him, 1 Oct 2011
This review is from: Deanna Durbin - Because Of Him [DVD] [1946] (DVD)
This film is simply magic. Not just because of Deanna's beautiful singing :the chemistry between her and Franchot Tone is excellent. The scene where she,Tone and Charles Laughton rehearse the play is superbly acted by all three with excellent facial expression and real comedy. Lovely ending. I wish Deanna and Franchot had made more than the three films they did together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Features a great rendition of Tosti's 'Goodbye'!, 11 Mar 2011
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Somewhat of an 'oddity' this film, starring the odd teaming of Charles Laughton and Deanna Durbin.

I only really purchased this DVD because I'd heard Durbin's beautiful rendition of one of my favourite old Songs - Tosti's 'Goodbye' which she sings in the movie. It ad famously been recorded by the great Eva Turner. It really is a fabulous version, and was well worth it.

As for the movie; a little odd, and not always easy to follow (despite the simple plot) without having read a bit about it beforehand. Sound quality is not brilliant which is a shame, but only really noticeable when wearing headphones. The soundtrack tends to drift from one ear to the other in waves which is very irritating...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Songs not needed, 16 May 2010
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Deanna Durban (Miss Walker) tricks her way into starring in playwright Franchot Tone's (Paul Taylor) new play opposite famous actor Charles Laughton (John Sheridan). She has no acting experience, but while Laughton encourages her, Tone is keen to see her fail and removes his name from the performance's credits.

This film is a comedy that has several amusing moments, eg, Laughton's treatment of his butler Donald Meek (Martin), and his scene with Durban when he teaches her how to fake a faint properly. Charles Laughton is the powerhouse of the film with an over-the-top performance that works. The film is only let down by Durban's terrible singing of "Danny Boy". She has 3 songs, which she delivers in that high-pitched, operatic, warbly voice - two of them are okay but "Danny Boy" - just shut up Durban! The song is already crap and your rendition of it is really painful to endure. The film loses momentum at this point.

Anyway, the singing of "Danny Boy" provides an important stage in the plot as, after Durban has tortured us with this flop of a song, Laughton becomes sympathetic to her wishes and decides to help her. God knows why. The fact that she can sing is not an indication that she can act. So he behaves out of character and his sudden confidence in her makes no sense.

The film is essentially a romance that doesn't really convince but it is entertaining viewing. Whilst the songs in this film are not needed, the film is lightweight fluff that doesn't make a lot of sense but it has some funny moments and the cast all perform well.
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