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It's a Date(1940)

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Deanna Durbin had saved Universal Pictures from bankruptcy as a child star. By this, her seventh film, she was well on the road to adulthood. Her beauty, acting and singing were all mature enough that she could believably play the rival of her own mother (the glamorous Kay Francis) in this musical farce. She stars as an aspiring actress who unwittingly steals a role her stage star mother is preparing for. To prepare for the part, she hops an ocean liner to Hawaii to join Francis, who's already working on the role herself. And along the away she falls for businessman Walter Pidgeon, only to have him fall for Francis. It's a comedy of errors in the hands of William A. Seiter, noted for his work with Laurel and Hardy, The Marx Brothers, W.C. Field and Abbott and Costello. Joe Pasternak, who produced all of Durbin's early films, would leave Universal for MGM a year later. There, he would get the studio to buy the rights to Norman Krasna's screenplay as a vehicle for for their own young soprano, Jane Powell. In the re-make, Nancy Goes to Rio<.i> (1949), he even gave Powell one of Durbin's classical pieces from the original, "Musetta's Waltz."

By Frank Miller

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