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One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leopold Stokowski
John Cardwell
Mrs. Frost
John R. Frost
Garage Owner
Alma Kruger ...
Mrs. Tyler
J. Scott Smart ...
Stage Doorman (as Jack Smart)
Jed Prouty ...
Howard C. Hickman ...
Johnson (as Howard Hickman)
Frank Jenks ...
Taxi Driver
Christian Rub ...
Gerald Oliver Smith ...


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 <>

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Comedy | Music


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Release Date:

5 September 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

100 Men and a Girl  »

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$762,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The one hundred men of the title are actually the Philadelphia Orchestra. See more »


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


Tommy Bitters: [Having just had Frost light a cigarette for him only to have it explode in his mouth] When are you going to stop playing these cheap childish tricks on me?
John R. Frost: The day you stop playing them on me.
Tommy Bitters: Well, at least mine are funny, and new!
John R. Frost: Oh, yeah? Well, mine work.
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Referenced in The Waltons: The Fledgling (1976) See more »


Libiamo ne' lieti calici (Drinking Song): from 'La traviata'
Music by Giuseppe Verdi (as Verdi)
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave (uncredited)
Sung by Deanna Durbin (uncredited)
Played by a symphony orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski
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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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