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One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Music | 5 September 1937 (USA)
The daughter of a struggling musician forms a symphony orchestra made up of his unemployed friends and through persistence, charm and a few misunderstandings, is able to get Leopold ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Leopold Stokowski
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John Cardwell
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Mrs. Frost
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John R. Frost
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Michael
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Garage Owner
Alma Kruger ...
Mrs. Tyler
J. Scott Smart ...
Stage Doorman (as Jack Smart)
Jed Prouty ...
Bitters
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Russell
Howard C. Hickman ...
Johnson (as Howard Hickman)
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Taxi Driver
Christian Rub ...
Brandstetter
Gerald Oliver Smith ...
Stevens
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The daughter of a struggling musician forms a symphony orchestra made up of his unemployed friends and through persistence, charm and a few misunderstandings, is able to get Leopold Stokowski to lead them in a concert that leads to a radio contract. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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Comedy | Music

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5 September 1937 (USA)  »

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100 Men and a Girl  »

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$762,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Leopold Stokowski recorded the classical music in the film at the Philadelphia Academy of Music, using the Philadelphia Orchestra (of which he was still principal guest conductor), on a multi-channel sound system, the first time one was ever used to record music in a film. The musicians seen in the film, however, were L.A.-based players doing what was called "sideline" (seen but not heard, merely miming to a prerecorded soundtrack played by others). See more »

Goofs

The position of Patsy's hands when she's crying on the bed. See more »

Quotes

Himself, Leopold Stokowski: [Patsy has come to apologize for telling a newspaper that Stokowski would be conducting her orchestra of jobless musicians] But why did you do it? You must have had a reason.
Patricia "Patsy" Cardwell: Oh, yes! I had a hundred reasons! Would you like to hear them?
Himself, Leopold Stokowski: I certainly would.
Patricia "Patsy" Cardwell: [Goes to the door of his study and counts:] One! Two! Three! Four!
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Soundtracks

It's Raining Sunbeams
(1937)
Music by Friedrich Hollaender (as Frederick Hollander)
Lyrics by Sam Coslow
Sung by Deanna Durbin (uncredited)
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Let's put a symphony orchestra together!
21 February 2006 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This delightful family picture reflects how the public taste changes over the years. Movies, in general, were kinder to serious music then, something that no studio would even consider in tackling these days. This was a vehicle for Deanna Durbin, who reigned supreme at Universal and who had movies tailor made for her to showcase her talents.

Ms. Durbin was a cute young girl in those years. She was wonderful in the way she projected charm without being obnoxious, or bratty. Her singing voice was amazing and it was always prominently heard in all the movies she made.

The story is something typical of those years. Director Harry Koster was able to present the material in a good fashion. The film follows Ms. Durbin in her quest to help her impoverished father and his musician friends. With the help of the rich Frosts, she is able to bring together the talented unemployed music men into forming an orchestra and convincing the great Leopold Stokowski to make music with them.

The film will not disappoint Ms. Durbin's fans. Adolph Menjou plays her father. The wonderful Alice Brady and Eugene Palette are seen as the generous Frosts, and Mischa Auer plays the family friend Michael.


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